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Tommy LiPuma, producer who sold millions of records with Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney, dies at 80

Tommy LiPuma, producer who sold millions of records with Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney, dies at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a high school dropout who became a Grammy-winning record producer with stars like Natalie Cole and George Benson and eventually ran the largest jazz label in the world, has died after a brief illness. He was 80.

LiPuma was among a handful of music executives who helped shape and energize pop music in the ’60s with record labels like Blue Thumb, A&M and Elektra, a decidedly uncorporate crew that relied more on their basic instinct of what sounded good rather than what might sell well.

Still, by helping Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Queen Latifah and others make records, he enjoyed enormous success with recordings that sold more...

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