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Dick Whitehouse, Longtime Curb Records CEO, Dies

Dick Whitehouse, Curb Records' longtime CEO, has died. The late executive passed away Tuesday evening surrounded by his family.

Dick Whitehouse, Curb Records’ longtime CEO, has died. The late executive passed away Tuesday evening surrounded by his family. Billboard could not confirm his age at time of publishing. 

Whitehouse spent 35 years as CEO for the company throughout his 55 tenure. At the time of his death, he was stills serving as a board member and trustee. 

“No one has ever done more for Curb Records than Dick Whitehouse,” Curb Records chairman Mike Curb said in a statement. “He was there from our start in 1964 and was responsible for some of the greatest artist signings in the history of our company. Dick was that rare record executive who understood the totality of our complicated industry.”


Whitehouse had a major role in signing The Judds, Lyle Lovett, Junior Brown, Sawyer Brown and the Desert Rose Band, among others. Country singer T.G. Sheppard also worked with the late executive and praised their time together.

“Dick was one of the true masters in our industry,” Sheppard tells Billboard. “He was one of the most thorough people I have ever had the pleasure of working with and was there for me in the early years of my career.”

In a statement, Curb said Whitehouse was surrounded by his wife Joan, his two daughters, Shelley and Debbie, and all of his grandchildren at the time of his death, “sharing in what the family referred to as a living memorial.”

The family does not plan for a funeral service. Those with tributes to Whitehouse can email them via mcurb@curb.com to be passed along to his family.