Neil Scott Bogatz
February 3, 1943
|Died||May 8, 1982 (aged 39)|
Neil E. Bogart (born Neil Scott Bogatz, February 3, 1943 – May 8, 1982) was an American record executive. He is perhaps best remembered as the founder of Casablanca Records (which later became Casablanca Record and Filmworks).
Life and career
Bogart was born in New York City and grew up in the Glenwood Houses, the housing projects in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. He was a singer in the 1960s, using the name Neil Scott, prior to running the Michigan offices of Cameo-Parkway Records. After Cameo-Parkway was shut down by the government for stock fraud in 1968, Bogart became an executive at Buddah Records. He is credited with being a key player in the rise of bubblegum pop music during his time working at Cameo-Parkway and Buddha.
He started Casablanca in 1973 when he first signed Kiss and later became identified with the rise of disco by promoting the careers of acts such as Donna Summer and the Village People (the Casablanca roster also contained rock acts such as The Godz, T.Rex, Fanny, and The Hudson Brothers, but the label became best known for its disco product). The label was also known for tapping into the funk market with the signing of George Clinton's Parliament in 1974.
His widow, Joyce Bogart-Trabulus, teamed with songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and founded the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund (now the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program) in 1984. That same year, the fund established its laboratories at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The fund was a division of The T.J. Martell Foundation until the mid 2000s.
In art, entertainment, and media
- The Kiss album Creatures of the Night is dedicated to Bogart's memory (the dedication is found on the back cover of the original vinyl release of the album, near the bottom [Casablanca Records NBLP-7270]. The dedication is also found on the CD release on the inside of the insert, where the credits are located [Casablanca Records/Mercury 314-532-391-2]. The dedication simply states: "Neil Bogart 1943-1982").
- Donna Summer's self-titled album from 1982 is also dedicated to Bogart's memory, and the liner notes contain one of his favorite sayings, "Why head for the mountaintop when you're reaching for the sky?"
- Village People's 1982 album Fox on the Box was also dedicated to Bogart's memory.
- In the 1980 film Can't Stop the Music, actor Paul Sand plays a record executive loosely based on Bogart.
- In 2013, Justin Timberlake signed to star in the feature film Spinning Gold, a biopic of Bogart written by his son, Tim Bogart. On June 20, 2019, it was reported that Jeremy Jordan had taken over the role.
- Going Platinum, a book about Bogart, was due to be published in November 2014. It is written by his nephew Brett Ermilio and published by Globe Pequot Press.
Bogart's widow is Joyce Bogart-Trabulus.
- Neil Bogart Biography at biography.com
- Dannen, Fredric (2011-09-14). Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 231–. ISBN 9780307802088. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Griffin, Nancy; Masters, Kim (1997-06-17). Hit and Run. Simon and Schuster. pp. 87–. ISBN 9780684832661. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Sheff, David. "Post-Kiss, the Village People and Donna Summer, Neil & Joyce Bogart Redo Their Own Lives". People Magazine.
- Norman, Philip (2005-02-15). Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation. Simon and Schuster. p. 406. ISBN 9780743235655. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- Damon, Sharon. "Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: Female pioneer in the world of rock". AXS.
- "Harry Chapin dies at 38 in car crash". UPI.
- Ermilio, Brett; Levine, Josh (2014-11-04). Going Platinum: KISS, Donna Summer, and How Neil Bogart Built Casablanca Records. Lyons Press. p. 191. ISBN 9780762791330. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "Our History: The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program". Archived from the original on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
- "Ultra-Lounge Act". Billboard. 1996-06-08. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "Creatures of the Night". Casablanca Records.
- "Can't Stop The Music (1980)". Nostalgia Central.
- Battan, Carrie. "Justin Timberlake to Star as Casablanca Records' Neil Bogart in Biopic". Pitchfork.
- Clement, Olivia (23 June 2019). "Jeremy Jordan to Play Casablanca Records Founder Neil Bogart in Spinning Gold". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
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