Indie music maverick SI WARONKER has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.

The Liberty Records founder passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night (07JUN05), according to reports.

A former child violin prodigy, Waronker was forced to cut short his music career in his native Germany in the late 1930s when his Jewish family was forced to flee from the Nazis.

He founded Liberty Records in 1955 and enjoyed success with LIONEL NEWMAN's THE GIRL UPSTAIRS and CRY ME A RIVER by JULIE LONDON.

His impressive roster, at various points, featured HENRY MANCINI, exotica icon MARTIN DENNY, Eddie Cochran, BOBBY VEE and surf music legends JAN + DEAN.

Waronker sold the company in the early 1960s and its catalogue is now owned by EMI Records.

09/06/2005 21:10