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Rick Abramson Dies

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Recording industry veteran Rick Abramson died of lung cancer in Los Angeles on March 18th. He was 65.

Abramson got his start in the industry working as a road manager for artsts such as Jay and the Techniques and promoting for Shocking Blue as well as (apocryphally novelty performer Tiny Tim, Variety reported.

Abramson worked with numerous labels over the course of his career, inclding Heritage Colossus, Crew amd Tonsil as well as serving as the advertising manager during the early years at cannabis culture magazine High Times.

Abramson was also known as an early innovator in merchanidising material and was well-known for supplying promotional materials and novelty items to the recording industry.

Rick Abramson, one of the record industry's legendary promotion men, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 65. The cause of death was lung cancer.

"He was the glue between the guys who were out promoting records and the guys who had to get it on the store shelves," former High Times publisher Andy Kowl told Variety. "He knew everybody. He stood out. And he kind of made himself a character because that worked." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers