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Vernon Slaughter, innovative and admired veteran music industry executive, dies at 63

(April 22, 2014) Vernon L. Slaughter, one of the music industry's most successful and admired executives, has died. Following a long battle with ill health, Slaughter passed Tuesday morning, April 22, in Phoenix, Arizona as a result of kidney failure. He was 63.

Slaughter, who practiced entertainment law for 19 years, is most remembered by colleagues for the dedication and innovations he brought to exposing black music to a broader audience. In 1977 he was named Vice President to the pioneering Black Music Marketing department at CBS Records. It was the first dedicated marketing division at a major label, and for ten years Slaughter helped pioneer the growth and development of dozens of artists, including Michael Jackson and Herbie Hancock.

Slaughter went on to executive positions at A&M Records and Laface Records before leaving the industry to earn his law degree at Whittier College School of Law. He became an entertainment attorney and practiced law for nearly 20 years. He started his law career at the firm of Katz Smith & Cohen in 1992.

He later joined the global law firm of Greenberg Traurig, followed by a stint at Patterson & Associates, and as counsel he represented star vocalist Angie Stone and some of the most successful artists, producers and composers in the music industry.

Vernon Slaughter was born Nov. 10, 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska. His sister, Elizabeth Payne, also of the Phoenix area, said that services are still being arranged to take place in Omaha. He is survived by two sons, Christopher and Michael, and a large and loving family of sisters, a brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services announced for Vernon Slaughter

Funeral arrangements for music marketing executive, Vernon Slaughter, have been announced by his family. Services will take place at Roeder Mortuary, 4932 Ames Ave., Omaha, NE 68104. Tel. 402-453-5600. Visitation is Sunday, April 27, 5:00PM - 7:00PM. Services will be on Monday, April 28, 1:00PM. Internment will follow services at Graceland Park Cemetery, 4723 S. 42nd St., Omaha, NE.

Memorial donations, cards and condolences to the family can be sent to:
Liz Slaughter-Payne, 15849 W. Durango St., Goodyear, AZ 85338; or
Crystal Slaughter, 3421 Charles St., Omaha, NE 68111

Donations can be sent to Sun West Federal Credit Union by using account number 906035, or by using my name M. Elizabeth Slaughter-Payne, Sun West, 650 N. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338. Tel.

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