Legendary New York music mogul Marty Thau has died at the age of 75. Thau, who discovered and managed the New York Dolls and Suicide, suffered renal failure and passed away in Petersburg, Virginia on Thursday (13Feb14).
The New York City native started his music career as singer Tony Orlando's manager before he was signed to Neil Bogart's Cameo-Parkway Records label in Pennsylvania as a promotion executive.
He stuck with Bogart when the music legend sold the label to Allen Klein in 1968, and created Buddah Records, which boasted the Ohio Express, the Isley Brothers and Melanie and Edwin Hawkins Singers among a roster of talent.
Thau went on to become a partner in Inherit Productions, a management/ production/publishing company that represented Van Morrison and John Cale, but it was during his tenure as head of A&R at Paramount Records that his managing career really took off after catching an early New York Dolls gig.
As New York's punk scene took off in the mid-1970s, Thau launched Red Star Records and signed Suicide, The Real Kids, the Fleshtones and Richard Hell. He also produced early demos for Blondie and the Ramones.