Lifenotes: Tony Martell, Founder of T.J. Martell Foundation

t-j-martellTony Martell, founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDs research, died on Sunday, Nov. 27. He was 90.

Martell launched the T.J. Martell Foundation in 1975, in honor of his son T.J., who died at age 19 after battling leukemia.

Tony Martell was a music industry senior executive from the 1960s through the 1990s. He earned Executive Producer credits on more than 50 albums from artists including The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more. He was instrumental in bringing Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ozzy Osbourne to Epic Records. In the 1980s, Martell was head of the imprint label CBS Associated Records, where he continued working with Osbourne and signed artists including Joan Jett to the label.

The T.J. Martell Foundation has raised more than $270 million to date for scientific research.

His wife of 65 years, Vicky, died in February. Martell is survived by daughter Debbie Martell.

Memorial plans have not yet been announced.


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