Legendary Music Pioneer Has Died at the Age of 98

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November 22, 2017Nov 22, 2017

A music icon has passed away at the age of 98. George Avakian reportedly died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. At this time, the cause of death has not been released.

George was a jazz scholar and a music producer who is best known for working with some of the biggest names in the industry. He helped produce recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and other iconic figures.

Later in his career, George became a music executive at Warner Bros. and Columbia Records. He also was a founding figure for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The NARAS went on the present the Grammys.

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"The innovations Avakian brought or helped bring to the recording industry are so fundamental and taken for granted today that most people under the age of 70 would find it hard to imagine there was ever a time when they didn't exist," DownBeat magazine declared in presenting Avakian a lifetime achievement award in 2000.

George was a student at Yale in the 1930s when he first became interested in working in the music industry. Through hard work, he was able to land deals with major agencies and bring his revolutionary ideas into the industry.

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"Avakian essentially retired from the music industry since the 1970s, was a breeder of racehorses in recent years, notably the champion pacer President Ball. Avakian was married to the violinist Anahid Ajemian, with whom he had three children. She died on June 13, 2016, at age 92," according to Fox News.

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