Mercury Records’ Co-Founder Irving Green Dies

The co-founder of Mercury Records, Irving Green, died Saturday (July 1) in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 90. He is credited with overcoming racial obstacles in the music industry by successfully issuing music by Louis Armstrong, the Platters, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on the fledgling Chicago-based label, as well as later hiring Quincy Jones as the label’s vice president, the first African-American executive at a major label. In addition, bluegrass pioneers Flatt & Scruggs recorded for the label shortly after they left Bill Monroe’s band in 1948. The label was sold to Polygram in the mid-1970s and is now part of Universal Music Group. Mercury Nashville’s artists currently include Shania Twain, Billy Currington and Julie Roberts.