David Anderle, Record Producer and Music Executive, Dead at 77

Former A&M exec worked with Sheryl Crow, The Doors and the Circle Jerks, among others

David Anderle, a record producer and music executive who worked with musical acts such as Frank Zappa, Judy Collins, The Doors, Sheryl Crow and the Circle Jerks, died Monday following a battle with cancer, a spokesperson for Anderle’s family said Tuesday. Anderle was 77.

A lifelong Los Angeles resident, Anderle died peacefully while surrounded by his wife Cathy, son Jonathan and other family members.

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Anderle began his music career as the West Coast Talent Director for MGM in 1964, later switching to West Coast Operations Director for Elektra Records in 1968. His longest run with a label was at A&M, where he served as senior vice president of A&R alongside Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss until his retirement in 1999.

Anderle also had a longtime friendship with Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, which led to the creation of the first artist-run label, Brother Records.

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While at A&M, Anderle served as music supervisor for a number of movies including “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink” and the Robin Williams film “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

After his retirement from music, Anderle turned to painting, eventually realizing his lifelong dream of opening a one-man show, “Better Late Than Never,” in 2007.

Memorial services for Anderle will be private.