Music industry veteran Ilene Berns died Monday (Feb. 20) in Florida. She was 73. Berns will be remembered as one of the leading female independent label chiefs of her time. At just 24, she took the reins of Bang Records and its Web IV Music publishing when her husband, the executive, songwriter and producer Bert Berns, died of a heart attack in 1968.
Under her direction, Bangs administered the rich Bang and Shout catalogs with recordings by Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The McCoys, Strangeloves, Freddie Scott and Erma Franklin and enjoyed a string of hits from the likes of Derek (“Cinnamon”), Paul Davis (“I Go Crazy”), Brick (“Dazz”) and Peabo Bryson (“Underground Music”).