Hy Weiss

Hy Weiss (February 12, 1923 – March 20, 2007)[1] was an American record producer.



Born Hyman Y. Weiss in Romania,[1] he was an immigrant to the United States when young and was brought up in the Bronx, New York. He started in the music industry in 1949, setting up Parody Records with his brother Sam.

His record label, Old Town Records, was active from 1953 for over a decade. Weiss was primarily a producer of doo wop groups. Old Town had its first hit with the 1958 single, "We Belong Together," by Robert & Johnny. Reissues of records by Arthur Prysock extended the life of the label.

Subsequently Weiss worked for Stax Records. Weiss had a co-writer credit for the song "Foggy Notion" by the Velvet Underground, along with all of the members of the band.

Weiss was a resident of Rockleigh, New Jersey.[2]

He died in Englewood, New Jersey in March 2007, at the age of 84.[1]

His son, Barry Weiss is the current Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam/Universal Motown Republic.

Notable artists


  1. ^ a b c Thedeadrockstarsclub.com - accessed May 2010
  2. ^ Sisario, Ben. "Hy Weiss, 84, Music Executive From Rock ’n’ Roll’s Early Days, Dies", The New York Times, March 31, 2007. Accessed November 26, 2007.

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