David Anderle, a record producer and music executive, best known for his works with acts such as Frank Zappa and the Doors, died on Monday at the age of 77. According to a spokesperson for the family, he passed away in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.
Anderle’s career began in 1964 for the MGM label, which also owned Verve Records. It was there he convinced the label to sign Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. He later developed a friendship with Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, leading to the creation of the group’s label, Brothers Records (the first to ever be ran by an artist).
In 1968, he moved to Elektra Records, and would work with the label acts including the Doors, the Stooges and Judy Collins. Two years later, he went to A&M Records as a staff producer and senior vice president of A&R alongside Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss (the label’s founders). Some of the artists signed to the label during Anderle’s tenure including the Police, Cat Stevens and Sting. Anderle also served as musical director for movies including The Breakfast Club and Good Morning, Vietnam.
Anderle remained with A&M Records until 1999, after which he turned to painting.