Record Promoter Dick LaPalm Passes Away at 85

Was known as “The Jazz Lobbyist”

Dick LaPalm, a jazz and pop record promoter who made his reputation in the 1950s and 1960s, passed away Oct. 7, it was confirmed by Kevin Calabro, a music industry executive. The cause of death was cancer. LaPalm (born Ricardo LaPalombara) was 85.

LaPalm was known as the “Jazz Lobbyist” who was instrumental in gaining radio airplay for artists such as Nat King Cole, Ahmad Jamal and others, including Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dick Haymes, Count Basie and Sonny Rollins.


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  • Oct 09, 2013 at 02:54AM ToddL1

    This man was not only my best friend, but my father as well. Many tears have been shed since 10/7/13 and I'm sure will continue for some time. My father and I were extremely close and shared many wonderful times together. The memories are and will forever be with me. If it were not for my father, I wouldn't be the man I am today. He was a kind and gentle soul and touched the lives of many, many people throughout his lifetime. The people he worked with in the business were not only his clients, but more than anything else, they were his friends and for some it was many years. He wouldn't have wanted it any other way. My dad was my hero. I will miss him very much. "I love you Pops", you are forever in my heart. My name is Todd and that's who my father was to me.

  • Oct 09, 2013 at 04:57PM Richard Fernandez

    Dick LaPalm will be missed by many people. He was a kind and thoughtful person and I am lucky to have known him. He always had time to talk about Jazz and was extremely encouraging to me. He would contact me after a show and let me know what I did positive and what I needed to work on. Dick introduced me to some great musicians and I will always have a place in my heart for him..... .........Richard Fernandez..........Kauai Community Radio-Sunset Jazz....Host

  • Oct 13, 2013 at 09:57AM Glove


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