Danny Davis, Veteran Music Executive, Dies at 87


He worked in promotion for Phil Spector, Motown Records and Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records.

Danny Davis, a promotion executive at Motown, Phil Spector's Philles Records and Neil Bogart's Casablanca Records during his career, died June 22 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 87.

Davis started out working for singer Eddie Fisher, a fellow Philadelphian, then joined Decca Records in New York as director of promotion. A few years later, he moved to California and served as vp, promotion under Spector and Lester Sill at Philles.

Davis shifted to Motown as a senior vp, where he oversaw promotion of recorded music and personal appearances for Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson and many others. He then helped boost the careers of Donna Summer, the Village People and Kiss at Casablanca.

Davis also served as vp, promotion with Columbia’s Screen Gems Music.

Davis attended Temple University and early on worked as a comic in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.

Survivors include his wife, Marie, son Danny and his wife, Jill, and two grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for July 16 in Palm Desert.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.