Fred Love, an early promoter of disco and former BMG Distribution branch manager, died of cancer on March 22 in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was 85.
An army veteran, he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958. While he played drums, he got his start in the music industry as a DJ for KDKA in Pittsburgh, where he had the handle, Dr. Bop, according to his friends. He soon moved over to the record label side working for an indie label and soon was promoting Bobby Sherman records to radio.
Love eventually joined RCA Records in time to become the lead promotion person for a then-exploding new style of music called disco. According to his friends, he was assigned the position of Disco King, promoting the genre all around the country. Eventually, when disco became mainstream, Love was named the St. Louis branch manager and when that branch was closed he headed up the Chicago branch as the company transitioned into BMG Distribution. By the early 1990’s, he was the branch manager in Atlanta.