Full Name: Tommy Daniel Mottola, Jr.

Description: Known as a mentor and former talent manager.

Known For: He headed Sony Music Entertainment

Music Styles: Popular, Jazz

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 14th July 1949
Location Born: Bronx, New York, United States of America

Web Site:  Tommy Mottola – Business Leader – Biography.com

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Tommy Mottola

Thomas Daniel “Tommy” Mottola (born July 1, 1948) is an American music executive. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years.

Tommy Mottola entered in the music scene in the mid-1960s as a recording artist for CBS Records under the name “T.D. Valentine”. After his attempt to become a recording star himself failed, Mottola started working for publishing powerhouse Chappell Publishing and started his own management company, Champion Entertainment Organization. His role at Chappell put him in touch with many artists, and soon he signed his first successful management clients, Hall & Oates.

Mottola helped Hall and Oates land a record deal and several high-profile endorsements. He was also recognized for successfully using new mediums for promotion, like music videos and corporate sponsorship for music tours.

Apart from Hall and Oates, Mottola is known as a mentor and former talent manager. His most famous protégés were Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Diana Ross, and Taylor Dayne in the 1980s, Mariah Carey (whom he married) in the 1990s, Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Anastacia and Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s. He is married to Mexican telenovela actress and singer Thalía.

Apart from his experience in managing music outfits, Mottola is known as a mentor and former talent manager.

His most famous proteges were Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, John Mellencamp, Diana Ross, and Taylor Dayne in the 80s, Mariah Carey (his second wife) in the 1990s, Gloria Estefan , Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s.

He initially had aspirations of a music career, and released with CBS Records, but his singing career was short-lived.

Wishing to stay in the industry, Mottola started Champion Entertainment Organization Inc. to manage other artists. While working at the Chappell music-publishing company, he became the mentor to Philadelphia-based soul/rock performers Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Hall & Oates paid tribute to him in their track “Gino (the Manager)” on their self-titled 1975 RCA release, better known as the Silver Album.

Mottola also figured—this time, being mentioned by name—in “Cherchez La Femme,” the 1976 dance hit by another Mottola act, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. (“Tommy Mottola / Lives on the road …”)

Brisbane rock band Regurgitator wrote a tribute song to him called “I Love Tommy Mottola” for their 1999 album “…Art”.

In 1987, Mottola was chosen to run CBS Records at the age of 37.

During his tenure, he transformed Sony into one of the most successful global music companies, expanding its businesses into over 60 countries, while creating one of the strongest management teams in the industry.

Tommy Mottola was the head of Sony Music Entertainment until January 2003.

Mottola is seen as the main architect for Mariah’s phenomenal success in the early years of her career.

In June 1993, Mottola married Carey in a lavish ceremony, but the marriage was short-lived.


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  7. Jump up ^ “Thalía is pregnant!”

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  9. Jump up ^ “Thalía Welcomes Son Matthew Alejandro”

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  15. Jump up ^ “Youtube Video – Michael Jackson Attacks Mottola-interv backstage”