Don Grierson, a notable A&R executive who signed Celine Dion for the first time to Epic Records, died on January 23. He was 77.
While working with The Beatles for Capitol Records, he received a Golden Apple Award.
Grierson had been working at Younk before he passed away. Younk is a company that he co-founded as his vision of music creation and community involvement in 2018.
I am so sad hearing the shocking news of Don Grierson demise. He was a great person, mentor and a friend. My almost family in Los Angeles. He always encouraged me and showed me new ways to succeed. I will miss you... https://t.co/JKi1rieAjM
— Heli Kools (@helikools) January 26, 2019
“As a Lead Expert, he helped boost, develop and release young talent all over the world,” read a statement from the company. “We truly believe that his input was priceless and that [he] will forever be our guiding star in the Universe of Music.”
Grierson, who was born in the United Kingdom, initially worked as a local radio DJ in Australia when he was 18. He later moved to the United States and worked as a promotion executive for various labels.
During his half-century-long career, he worked with legendary artists including, Michael Jackson, Kim Carnes, Kate Bush, Sheena Easton, Kenny Rogers, Joe Cocker (died in December 2014), Melba Moore and George Clinton.
He had also worked with numerous popular bands such as J. Geils Band, Heart and W.A.S.P.
Rest In Peace Don Grierson!
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