Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg dies age 94

The former label executive passed away at home in Vermont late last year (December 29)

Mercury Records co-founder Irwin Steinberg has passed away aged 94, it has been confirmed.

The Chicago-born label head died at his home in Brattleboro, Vermont late last year (December 29), publicist Scott Gorenstein told the Associated Press.

Before entering the music business, Steinberg studied at the University of Chicago, gained a Masters from the University of California and served in the AirCorps. After leaving Mercury Records in 1968, he went on to become chairman and CEO of Polygram Records, where he worked for over 30 years.

In his later life, Steinberg taught courses on the music business at Chicago’s Columbia College Of The Arts and consulted various digital music companies such as MusicMaker, where he also served as Company Director, Vice Chairman of Directors and Chairman. In 2002, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from Columbia.

He is survived by his wife, Dominique Moyse, three children, four grandchildren and two sisters.