Hollywood executive and music mogul Gil Friesen has died. He was 75.
Friesen, best known for his tenure as president of A&M Records and A&M Films, passed away at his Brentwood home on Thursday. Friends of the executive told Deadline, which first reported the news, that Friesen’s death followed a prolonged battle with leukemia.
After starting his career at Capitol Records, Friesen became the first general manager of the small privately owned music label.
He was instrumental in developing an impressive roster of acts including Sting, Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Amy Grant and Bryan Adams.
Once he was named president of the company in 1977 he expanded into movies and launched independent film company A&M Films in 1981, which led to him being coined the ‘ampersand’ in A&M.