Jerry Heller

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Jerry Heller
Born
Gerald Elliot Heller

(1940-10-06)October 6, 1940
DiedSeptember 2, 2016(2016-09-02) (aged 75)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeEden Memorial Park Cemetery
NationalityAmerican
OccupationMusic manager
Years active1963–2015

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]

Heller was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied at the University of Southern California.

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.

In the mid-1980s he worked with R&B and hip hop acts like Michel'le, World Class Wreckin' Cru, J.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Egyptian Lover and L.A. Dream Team.

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]

Heller suffered from a heart attack while driving, resulting in an auto accident. He later died on September 2, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California.[1][2][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Former N.W.A Manager Jerry Heller Has Reportedly Died". Complex. 1940-10-06. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kreps, Daniel. "Jerry Heller, Former N.W.A Manager, Dead at 75". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-05.

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