Harry Anger, Veteran Record Executive & Artist Developer, Dies at 84

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Courtesy of Peggy Anger
Harry Anger

Retired music executive Harry Anger died at age 84 on Saturday at his home in Las Vegas, after a 20-year-plus battle with leukemia.

Born March 3, 1933, Anger was the son of vaudevillians Harry and Mary Anger, who performed as Anger and Fair. He graduated from Villanova University, received an NROTC commission and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Upon completing his service, Anger entered the music business at RCA Records. He went on to Arista Records, primarily in the marketing area, and later became executive vice president at Polygram and chief operating officer at Motown Records. Highly successful, respected and liked within the industry, Harry worked with artists, songwriters and producers, and contributed significantly to the careers of major and legendary artists including KISS, Boyz II Men, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp and many others.

In addition to his music career, Harry was an accomplished private pilot and an avid auto racing fan. He contributed to the community by coaching Las Vegas high school and American Legion baseball teams, some of which he took to championships. He was also known for his quick wit and engaging sense of humor.

Harry Anger is survived by his wife of 36 years, Peggy; their sons James and John: sons Mark (and Sarah), Scott (and Robin), and Chris (and Denise) and daughters Stacey Leadem (and Joe) and Kelly Cavanaugh by a previous marriage; nine grandchildren; and his sister Gae Baron.

Harry was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of his life on July 15.

The Harry Anger Memorial Fund for leukemia and cancer research has been created in his honor at the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music industry charity. Donations may be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation at www.tjmartell.org or by mail to T.J. Martell Foundation, 1114 17th Avenue South, Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37212.