Music Industry Vet, Tim Lane, Passes Away At 67
Tim Lane, SAG member and former music industry executive, passed away in Los Angeles on February 7, 2005, from complications due to colon cancer. He was 67 years old.
Lane's music industry career spanned from 1958 to 1987 and included label stints at Decca, Liberty, Atlantic, Prophesy, Capricorn, and Marsel. He was also involved in the growth of Cherokee Studios from a house-based studio in Chatsworth, CA, to their Hollywood location, and owned Straight Jacket Publishing and Sixlane Management, working with artists such as Joey Reynolds (WOR New York), Jan Chamberlin Rooney (Hollywood Walk of Fame), and Walter Lacey (co-songwriter with Iggy Pop & David Bowie).
Some of Lane's favorite moments were as Assistant Director of LP Sales & Marketing at Atlantic Records during the late 1960s. He joined the label at a time when Atlantic had only seven label executives, and helped usher in Atlantic's many ground-breaking acts, including Led Zeppelin, Cream, Iron Butterfly, and Crosby Stills & Nash. He was the first to give free albums to the emerging FM stations, creating a new way for Atlantic's album-oriented rock bands to reach their audience. He pursued creative merchandising concepts such as the "Led Zeppelin Balloon” hanging display – a hit among record stores, and was the first to place the promotional stickers "Includes the Hit” on album covers, starting with Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love” on the Disraeli Gears album.
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