ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Hy Weiss, a music executive during rock 'n' roll's doo-wop era and beyond, died March 20. He was 84.
A native of Romania who grew up in the Bronx, Mr. Weiss started the Old Town record label in New York City in the 1950s with his brother, Sam, after working as a salesman for several other small labels that specialized in rhythm and blues.
Among Old Town's biggest hits in the late 1950s and early '60s were "There's a Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris, "Let the Little Girl Dance" by Billy Bland, "Remember Then" by the Earls, and "We Belong Together" by Robert and Johnny.
Old Town also recorded blues artists such as Willie Dixon and the harmonica-guitar duo of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
In the 1960s, the label featured crooner Arthur Prysock.
Mr. Weiss sold Old Town in 1996. His son, Barry, is the president and chief executive of the Zomba Label Group, a unit of
In addition to his son, Barry, of Demarest, N.J., and brother Sam of Manhattan, Mr. Weiss leaves another brother, George, of Oceanside, N.Y.; two daughters, Maureen Spergel of East Meadow, N.Y., and Pam Katz of Manhattan; and four grandchildren.