Russ Regan passed away May 27 at the age of 89. His contributions to the music industry were in an executive capacity. He was the vice-president of A & R of Motown during the early days, his first project being the company's first #1 record "Please Mr. Postman". He would go on to become president of 20th Century and Polygram records.
He was also a music supervisor working with Frank Sinatra's "That's Life". Russ allegedly suggested that the Pendletones change their name to the Beach Boys, upon the band recording their first Hot 100 Hit "Surfin'".
He was music supervisor for many soundtrack albums such as "The Karate Kid", "This Is Spinal Tap", and "A Chorus Line".
His largest achievement occurred while president of Uni records, procuring the contracts of two of the top artists in rock and roll history.
This artist he wrested away from Bang records in 1968. Remembering Russ with his first Hot 100 single for Uni.
He signed this legendary artist after the Congress label went bankrupt. His re-release of an original Congress single would spend 5 weeks in the Hot 100, peaking at #92 late in the summer of 1970. It would make the Top 40 a couple of months later courtesy of Aretha Franklin.