Frank Ursoleo, BMG Exec & Iconoclassic Records Founder, Dead at 65 – Billboard


Frank Ursoleo, a former gross sales and advertising and marketing govt who held a large number of label and distribution positions within the BMG community of businesses ahead of turning into the president of his personal corporate Iconoclassic Data, died all of a sudden in his Cape Cod, Mass. house on Might 5. He used to be 65.

“Frank’s pastime and information, advanced via a long time of deep listening, discovered its fullest expression at Iconoclassic Data,” in keeping with a tribute from Iconoclassic Data president Jeremy Vacation, who joined the label in 2021. “Right here, he reissued Laura Nyro’s mid and past due occupation paintings, to bust the parable that she peaked early.”

Ursoleo, who graduated from Boston School, started his tune trade occupation running on the Strawberries tune chain. Consistent with his LinkedIn profile, Ursoleo went directly to be a gross sales consultant for A&M after which RCA Data — each dispensed by means of BMG — ahead of becoming a member of BMG Distribution in 1990 to grow to be the selling supervisor for the corporate’s Boston department. In 1998 he switched again to the label aspect — however nonetheless inside the BMG umbrella, to grow to be senior director of nationwide gross sales for Buddah Data.

In 2007-2008, Ursoleo, who used to be referred to as a religious circle of relatives guy to his colleagues, began Iconoclassic Data, a reissue label that specialize in rock, pop and R&B tune from the Nineteen Sixties to the Nineteen Eighties, together with releases from The Bet Who, The Jeff Beck Staff, Canned Warmth, B.T. Categorical, the Ohio Gamers, The Isley Brothers and others.

“Frank Ursoleo had a rock and roll middle,” Holliday persisted in his tribute. “Our persisted paintings is in determination and birthday party of Frank’s lifestyles and legacy, simply as Frank devoted his paintings to celebrating the lives and legacies of the giants that he maximum admired.”

Ursoleo is survived by means of his daughter Jenna and her husband Nicholas Ensko, granddaughters Savannah and Liliana Ensko, sister Lisa and her husband Jonathan Eddy, niece Amanda Eddy, nephew Zachary Eddy, his former spouse Gina (Primmer) Ursoleo, his spouse's mother Doris Primmer and numerous different cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and pals, in keeping with his obituary at the Chiampa Funeral House web page.