Mort L. Nasatir Dies

Former Recording Academy Chairman/President dies at 88
July 25, 2013 -- 11:33 am PDT

Former Recording Academy Chairman/President (1968–1969) and music industry executive Mort L. Nasatir died July 15. A cause of death was not disclosed. He was 88. A graduate from Northwestern University in Chicago, Nasatir's multifaceted career included time as a music journalist, label executive, educator, author, and radio station manager. From 1964–1969 Nasatir served as president of MGM Records, working with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Astrid Gilberto and Hank Williams Jr., among others. Nasatir subsequently worked as the publisher of Billboard and helmed the magazine's London office in the '70s. In 1983 he joined the administrative staff at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Nasatir later relocated to Nashville where he became the general manager of WLAC-AM radio and lived for the remainder of his life. "[Mort Nasatir's] contributions will live on in music history, and The Academy applauds his legacy and thanks him for his service to our organization," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow.

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