Jay H. Lasker, a record company executive whose tenure at various companies produced some major pop music hits, has died at his Encino home after a two-year struggle with cancer.
Lasker, who last served as president of Motown Records before illness forced his retirement, was 65 when he died Friday, said a spokesman for the music division of MCA.
He began in the record business with Decca after Army service in World War II and was involved in the production of Bill Haley's classic, "Rock Around the Clock." He studied law while with Decca and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1951.
He was a sales executive with Kapp Records and came to California for Frank's Sinatra's new Reprise label in 1961. Over the years he worked for Del-Fi, Vee Jay and Dunhill Records, where such artists as Barry McGuire and the Mamas and the Papas attained popularity.