Jerry Winston, one of the pioneers of independent distribution, died today (Feb. 27) from a heart attack in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80.

Jerry Winston, one of the pioneers of independent distribution, died today (Feb. 27) from a heart attack in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80.

Winston founded Malverne Distributors in 1946 and ran it right up till its sale to the now-defunct INDI in 1990. Along the way, he also owned Mardi Gras Records, a Latin label that released the Joe Cuba Sextet's "Bang Bang."

Winston is survived by his wife, Elaine.

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