vernon slaughter*(Via Target Market News) – Vernon L. Slaughter, one of the music industry’s most successful and admired executives, has died.

Following a long battle with ill health, Slaughter passed Monday morning, April 22, in Phoenix, Arizona as a result of kidney failure. He was 63.

Slaughter, who practiced entertainment law for 19 years, is most remembered by colleagues for the dedication and innovations he brought to exposing black music to a broader audience. In 1977 he was named Vice President to the pioneering Black Music Marketing department at CBS Records. It was the first dedicated marketing division at a major label, and for ten years Slaughter help pioneer the growth and development of dozens of artists, including Michael Jackson and Herbie Hancock.

Vernon Slaughter was born Nov. 10, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska. His sister, Elizabeth Payne, also of the Phoenix area, said that services are still be arranged to take place in Omaha. He is survived by two sons, Christopher and Michael and a large and loving family of sisters, a brother, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

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Vernon Slaughter photo courtesy Radio Facts.