Randy Ostin, a former music executive and the son of legendary Warner Bros. Records president Mo Ostin, has died. He was 60.
Ostin died July 28 after a four-year battle with cancer, according to a paid obituary published Sunday in the Los Angeles Times.
Ostin started out in the promotions department at Warners label Elektra/Asylum, and among the hits he broke were “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne, “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt and the Queen rock anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
He later ran promotions for The Eagles’ 1979-80 The Long Run Tour — building a long friendship and association with the band — worked at Warner Reprise and RCA and became an investment partner with nightlife impresario Mark Packer of the Tao Group.
Mo Ostin, 86, also started Reprise Records with Frank Sinatra and headed DreamWorks Records for David Geffin. He signed Jimi Hendrix after seeing him perform at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 2011, Ostin donated $10 million to UCLA for a state-of-the-art campus music facility to be known as the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. His wife Evelyn died in 2005.