Paul Cooper, a music industry veteran who worked in high-level roles at Universal Music Group and Atlantic/Warner Records during a career that spanned more than five decades, died on March 26. He was 76.
"I was saddened to hear of Paul's passing," said famed music executive and 12Tone Music founder Doug Morris in a statement to Billboard. "I have known him for over forty years, starting at Atlantic Records. He was a dedicated and a loyal friend. Truly, one-of-a-kind, and I am going to miss him."
Born August 26, 1943, Cooper was a Los Angeles native who cultivated a knack for spotting musical talent while attending USC. He began his career in public relations at companies including A&M, guitarist Trini Lopez’s Tri-Lo, Inc. and Monte Kay and Flip Wilson’s Little David Records before going on to Atlantic, where he was hired as national director of publicity in 1978 and eventually worked his way up to senior vp/West Coast general manager.