Thursday 16 July 2009, 11:50 | By

Music exec Klenfner dies

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Former Atlantic Records executive Michael Klenfner has died following a heart attack at the age of 62.

Klenfner’s career in the music industry saw him working at Columbia Records in the early seventies, where he was head of radio promotions. He went on to work for Arista, before taking up a position at Atlantic, where he became involved in transforming Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s Blues Brothers from a ‘Saturday Night Live’ act into a recording duo. Klefner would later take a cameo role in the Blues Brothers film, and could often be found on the door at Ackroyd’s after hours bar in New York. He also worked with Cher on comeback hit ‘Believe’.

A memorial service is to be held in New York on Friday.


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