Music industry exec Tim Lane died of colon cancer in Los Angeles on Feb. 7. He was 67.
Lane’s music industry career spanned from 1958 to 1987 and included label stints at Decca, Liberty, Atlantic, Prophesy, Capricorn, and Marsel. He was also involved in the growth of Cherokee Studios from a house-based studio in Chatsworth to its Hollywood location and owned Straight Jacket Publishing and Sixlane Management, working with artists such as Joey Reynolds, Jan Chamberlin Rooney, and Walter Lacey.
As assistant director of LP sales & marketing at Atlantic Records during the late 1960s, he helped usher in acts including Led Zeppelin, Cream, Iron Butterfly, and Crosby Stills & Nash. He was instrumental in promoting records to emerging FM stations and creating innovative marketing concepts.
In 1972, he opened Capricorn Records’ west coast office, where he worked with the Allman Bros. and The Marshall Tucker Band. After Capricorn, he was involved with Cherokee Studios. Later, he became president of Marsel Records, and then ran his own publishing and management company.
For the last 18 years, Lane was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, with bit parts in several television shows and feature films.
Lane is survived by his wife Joy; four sons, including music industry consultant Mike and News Corp.’s V.P. of govt. relations, Rick; and 11 grandchildren.