Longtime record exec and former Daily Variety music editor Joseph Corbett (Corb) Donohue Jr. died Oct. 5 in San Clemente, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
An avid surfer, he was diagnosed with squamus cell carcinoma, which became lymphoma.
Born in New York, he moved to Santa Monica with his family as a child and attended UC Berkeley. He started as production assistant on “The Steve Allen Show” and then became a producer for KHJ-TV and Norman Gerard Prods., after which he served in the Peace Corps as public information director.
After working in the civil rights and antiwar movements and opening one of the country’s early head shops in Westwood Village, he returned to entertainment. He became music editor at Daily Variety, subsequently serving in exec positions at Elektra Records, ABC/Dunhill Records, A&M Records and Motown Records. In addition, he wrote, produced and coordinated talent for a syndicated international urban music TV show.
Among those whose careers he helped were Phil Ochs, Jim Croce and Jimmy Buffett, who dedicated his performance in Hawaii on Oct. 5 to Donohue.
In recent years, Donohue Marketing Communications was a marketing and artist development consultant to companies including Margaritaville Records, Corona Beer, Surfrider Foundation, Big Time Records, the Gorbachev Foundation, Bosnian Children’s Foundation and action sportswear companies.
He was also director of marketing for Sydney’s TV Shopping Network, and most recently was marketing director for Tom Pezman & Associates andSilverback Wireless.
He is survived by a daughter, two stepchildren and a brother.