BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Eddie Lambert, 76, a music exec who worked with the Righteous Brothers, Hall & Oates, Bruce Hornsby and The Four Tops, among others, died at his West Hills, Calif., home March 4, according to an announcement by his brother, Dennis Lambert.
Dennis, a songwriter-producer, said that Eddie died after an 18-month battle with cancer, saying, “He was the wind beneath my wings, my mentor, my big bro, my biggest fan and my best friend,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The two launched Haven Records in 1974 with Eddie, VP and GM, signing acts like the Righteous Brothers, Evie Sands, Player, and The Grass Roots, according to THR, and worked closely with his brother with albums that Dennis produced for Capitol Records, namely for Tavares and Glen Campbell.
Eddie Lambert moved on to work at Interworld Music Group, handling the catalogs of Hall & Oates and composer Bill Conti then, in the early ’80s, worked at Motown as director of A&R where he was exec producer for albums by The Commodores, El Debarge, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and Sarah Harris, among others, THR said. He also supervised the massively popular soundtrack for The Big Chill and A Fine Mess. Dennis was many times the producer or co-producer.
He was also the talent booker and casting exec for “Star Search” and launched Rilex Entertainment, a song licensing and mastering company, in 2002, before retiring in 2017 because of his illness.