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Fantasy EVP Phil Jones Dies at 71

Phil Jones, executive vice president of Fantasy Records and a 50-year record industry veteran, died of lung cancer May 16 at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was 71.

Jones was born in 1931 in Detroit, where he started working at Angott’s One-Stop in 1952, rising from stock boy to general manager. In 1962 he entered the music business, joining Motown Records as album sales director. In three years he was Motown’s Director of Marketing and Promotion, working with such artists as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and the Temptations.

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