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Rocker Peter Frampton Among the Guests at Private Memorial for Jerry Moss, Beloved Co-Founder of Hitmaking Machine A&M Records

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A memorial service was held Saturday night for Jerry Moss, beloved co-founder of A&M Records with Herb Alpert, who organized the event. Moss, 88, passed away in August after a vibrant life that went from massive success in rock and roll to triumphs in horse racing.

Rocker Peter Frampton came to pay tribute, his “Frampton Comes Alive” was on A&M and was one of the bestselling albums of all time.

The service for former employees was at Henson Studios in Hollywood — the home first of Charlie Chaplin’s production company and then A&M, which made dozens of superstars including The Police, Frampton, the Carpenters, Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Cheech and Chong, Cat Stevens, and others.

Alprt and Moss started the company  together in Herb’s garage. Herb — a very young 88 years old and still touring —  told the crowd that Jerry, “was a great man, friend and partner. I loved him immediately. He was kind, he was easy to be with, he was fun to be with.” Alpert added, “We never even signed a formal contract for the record company.” Then he quipped, “we did however sign one for the publishing company!”

Herb added that “I’m sorry that I’m here talking about Jerry being gone first.”

A slideshow presentation illuminated Jerry and Herb through the years with the artists and the people who worked there.. Other guests included Jerry’s son and music exec Ron Moss, longtime music industry veterans Martin Kirkup, Aaron Jacoves, Xander Smith (longtime tour manager for Herb), Jim Guerinot, Dayle Gloria, Mark Williams and more.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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