Frank DiLeo

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Frank DiLeo
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Frank Michael DiLeo

(1947-10-23)October 23, 1947
DiedAugust 24, 2011(2011-08-24) (aged 63)

Frank Michael DiLeo (October 23, 1947 August 24, 2011) was an American music industry executive and actor, known for his portrayal of gangster Tuddy Cicero in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas . For five years in the late 1980s, and again in 2009, he was Michael Jackson's manager. [1]

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Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

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Career

Frank DiLeo graduated from Central Catholic High School. DiLeo began his career in the music industry in the late 1960s, shortly after high school, as a rack jobber (distributing records to retail stores) in Pittsburgh. Following a number of brief, higher-profile jobs, he was hired as a promotion staffer in Cleveland by CBS Records subsidiary Epic Records in 1968. [2] [3] He promoted albums by The Hollies, Donovan and Sly & the Family Stone to local radio stations, and was later promoted to the company's regional office in Chicago. [4] Circa 1969 he was "headhunted" by RCA Records in New York City, followed by a stint at Bell Records. After a year with Bell he "retired" from the music business and moved back to Pittsburgh. His return to the music industry was prompted by an "electrical fire" that destroyed his Pittsburgh home, for which his insurance carrier reportedly refused to pay out.

Cleveland City in Ohio

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Sony Music American record label

Sony Music Entertainment (SME), known as Sony Music, is an American global music conglomerate owned by Sony and incorporated as a general partnership of Sony Music Holdings Inc. through Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, which in turn is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sony Corporation. It was originally founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed as Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS Records, and Sony Corporation bought the company in 1988, renaming it under its current name in 1991. In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture known as Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which transferred the businesses of Sony Music and Bertelsmann Music Group into one entity. However, in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake, and the company reverted to the SME name shortly after; the buyout allowed Sony to acquire all of BMG's labels, and led to the dissolution of BMG, which instead relaunched as BMG Rights Management.

Epic Records American record label

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In 1979, CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff hired his old friend DiLeo to work for Epic Records in New York City as Vice President of National Promotion. Overseeing a staff of 65 people and a multi-million dollar budget, Frank helped guide Epic Records from a small $65 million company to a $250 million powerhouse; during this period Epic outperformed its sister label Columbia Records for two years running. Artists signed to Epic included Quiet Riot, REO Speedwagon, Ozzy Osbourne, Gloria Estefan, Luther Vandross, Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club and Michael Jackson, among others. He was voted executive of the year for Epic Records, received over 80 gold and platinum awards, and was credited for taking Epic Records from the number fourteen label in the U.S. market to number two. In 1984, after the record-setting success of his Thriller album, Michael Jackson asked DiLeo to take over as his manager. DiLeo was the executive producer for the full-length movie Moonwalker , wrote and executive produced three Pepsi-Cola commercials (including negotiating a landmark endorsement deal), and eight music videos including the Grammy winning video "Leave Me Alone". DiLeo managed Jackson's Bad World Tour, and the Jackson family's Victory Tour. DiLeo managed Jackson until February 14, 1989 when Jackson accused DiLeo of tampering with money, DiLeo later partnered up with Jackson again in 2009 for Jackson's This Is It concert series. The last time DiLeo saw Jackson was at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009 DiLeo told David Gest "I got to spend a few moments alone with him, I told him what I thought, before kissing him on the head and saying my last goodbye". [ citation needed ] In 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported that DiLeo was once again managing Michael Jackson's career. [5]

Walter Yetnikoff Music industry executive

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Columbia Records American record label; currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment

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DiLeo is referenced in Sheryl Crow's "The Na-Na Song," with the lines "Clarence Thomas organ grinder Frank DiLeo's dong / Maybe if I'd let him I'd have had a hit song." [6] Crow and DiLeo were acquainted when Crow worked as a backup singer on Jackson's Bad tour. [7] DiLeo also managed the careers of Taylor Dayne, Jodeci, Laura Branigan, and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and had worked with Prince on several projects. [8]

Sheryl Crow American musician and actress

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Taylor Dayne American pop vocalist, songwriter, dance artist, and actress

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Jodeci is an American R&B quartet with members DeVante Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci, and JoJo. Formed in 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci's members began their musical careers as two duos of brothers and, after years of limited success, joined forces. After signing with Uptown Records in 1991, the group began to work on their debut album, Forever My Lady, which brought them mainstream success with the Billboard Hot 100 single "Come and Talk to Me" and the album's titular track.

DiLeo founded Dileo Entertainment Group, a company located in Nashville, Tennessee. The company is focused on managing up and coming artists as well as establishing a publishing company in Nashville with partners Mark Lamica and Quincy Krashna, with whom also co-managed Michael Jackson and his come back tour along with a number of numerous projects including several plays. DiLeo also wrote a tell all biography of his years in the music industry, of which Mark & Quincy have the transcripts and original copies.

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In 1991 Youngstown, Ohio Mob Boss Joseph "Little Joey" Naples was killed outside a home he was having built in Beaver Township, Mahoning County. He was driving DiLeo's Ford Mustang Convertible. Naples was a Pittsburgh member of the Genovese Crime Family, Lamica was known to have the same mutual family ties. In 2011 DiLeo suffered a heart attack and was treated at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He appeared in six major motion pictures. His film credits include GoodFellas , Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2 .

<i>Waynes World</i> (film) 1992 comedy film by Penelope Spheeris

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Death

Frank DiLeo died on August 24, 2011, in a care facility outside Youngstown, Ohio, after experiencing complications following heart surgery. He was 63 years old. [9] [10] [11]

Partial filmography

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