Co-founder of LA Weekly

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Pete Kameron, 87, who helped found Track Records, the recording label of the British rock group the Who, and later co-founded LA Weekly, died June 29 at his home in Beverly Hills. The cause was cancer, according to Michael Sigman, a friend and former LA Weekly publisher.

Kameron was a personal manager for a variety of popular musicians in the 1950s and ‘60s, including the Modern Jazz Quartet and folk group the Weavers.

He then became part of the management team for the Who and helped found Track Records in the late 1960s. Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix also recorded on the label.

Later in his career, Kameron produced independent movies, including “You Better Watch Out,” a 1980 thriller that was a twist on the Santa Claus theme.


Kameron “was a Renaissance man who stayed behind the scenes,” Martin Lewis, producer of the annual Mods & Rockers film festival, said Monday. “He didn’t want the public kudos.”

In the early 1980s, Kameron was a principal investor in LA Weekly, where he became known for his calm demeanor and blunt honesty, recalled Sigman, who joined the newspaper in 1983.

Kameron was born March 18, 1921, in New York City. In recent years he established an endowed chair at the UCLA Law School and helped establish the Gait Analysis Laboratory at UCLA Medical Center.