B.B. King
PASSINGS: Joe Bihari

Joe Bihari Co-founder of family record company Joe Bihari, 88, the co-founder of a family record company that exposed blues performers such as B.B. King, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Etta James to a wider audience, died Nov. 28 in a Los Angeles hospital, family members said. "The Biharis had one of the most important companies in the history of rhythm and blues," said Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues magazine, "and Joe was the one who produced most of the sessions." O'Neal said the family's labels, including Modern Records and RPM, inspired other companies "to go looking for down-home blues." Modern, the...