Kaminsky founded and led the hugely successful Argentine record label Microfón for four decades.
Mario Kaminsky, the legendary and enterprising Argentine music executive who founded and led one of the country’s most successful record labels, Microfón, died Feb. 1 after a prolonged illness. He was 87.
Kaminsky, who was also a founding member of Argentina’s record industry association, CAPIF (Argentine Chamber of Phonogram and Videogram Producers), founded Microfón in 1955. He helmed the company until it was sold to Sony in 1995, signing iconic Argentine acts like Aldo Monges and Los Chalchaleros. At its height, in the late 1970s, Microfón was putting out up to 25 albums per month.
“[Record store chain] Centro Cultural Del Disco, which had over 60 stores, gave us a diploma that said: ‘364 days of the year, the top selling album belonged to Microfón,’” recalled Kaminsky in his last, extensive interview, with Prensario, in 2019.