Gerald Elliot Heller
October 6, 1940
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||September 2, 2016 (aged 75)|
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Eden Memorial Park Cemetery|
Gerald Elliot "Jerry" Heller (October 6, 1940 – September 2, 2016) was an American music manager and businessman. He was best known for managing West Coast rap supergroup and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Heller became famous in the 1960s and '70s, importing Elton John and Pink Floyd for their first major American tours, and representing Journey, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, War, Eric Burdon, Crosby Stills and Nash, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Who, REO Speedwagon, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, The Grass Roots and The Standells, among many others.
Heller played a role in the emergence of West Coast rap music when he managed Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and discovered, signed or managed the likes of N.W.A, The Black Eyed Peas, Above the Law, The D.O.C. and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Former N.W.A Manager Jerry Heller Has Reportedly Died". Complex. 1940-10-06. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
- Kreps, Daniel. "Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Dead at 75". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Jerry Heller on IMDb
- "Jerry Heller". Heeb. March 24, 2009
- KCAL9 Archived 2016-09-16 at the Wayback Machine (Co-Founder Of Ruthless Records Jerry Heller Discusses New Memoir)
- Ruthless A Memoir (Simon & Schuster)
- Hip Hop & Politics (Interview with Jerry Heller)
- XXL Magazine (Ruthless Records Co-Founder Jerry Heller Claims Eazy-E Had Plans To Kill Suge Knight)
- Vibe Magazine (13 Hip-Hop Conspiracy Theories)
- HipHop DX (Jerry Heller Claims He & Eazy-E Put The Source Magazine "In Business")
- Rolling Stone Magazine (The 10 Wildest Rap Beefs Of All Time)
- AntiMusic.com (N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton Turns 25)