Marty Thau, producer, manager and founder of Red Star Records, died of kidney failure, Billboard reports. He was 75 years old.
In the 1960s, Thau held several positions in the recording industry with various labels. He worked at Cameo-Parkway Records as a promotion manager, then worked for Buddah Records when Cameo-Parkway was sold. He became a partner at Inherit Productions, a management, production and publishing company that had clients such as Van Morrison, John Cale and Miriam Makeba.
Thau eventually attended a New York Dolls performance and soon after became the group’s manager. He started Red Star Records. He signs Suicide and co-produced their first album. He also produced demos for the Ramones, Blondie and the Heartbreakers.
He wrote a dissertation entitled Rockin ‘The Bowery, which is still unpublished, although excerpts have been published. Here is the introduction via Billboard: