George Mesrop Avakian, Գևորգ Ավագյան (Armenian), Геворк Авакян (Russian)
American record producer, artist manager, writer, educator and executive.
Among his many achievements, he produced and edited the Golden Era Series of important jazz recordings for Columbia, culled from the original masters of various defunct labels Columbia had acquired. These were sets of ’78s, the original format of the Record Album. He was later closely involved in the launch of the vinyl LP as a musical format.
Discogs.com lists 266 production credits for him, mostly jazz but some of the earliest pop albums too.
Born March 15, 1919 in Armavir, Russia.
Died November 22, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
98 is not bad going.