Jerry Moss

Jerome S. Moss (born May 8, 1935) is an American recording executive, best known for being the co-founder of A&M Records,[1] along with trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert.[2]

Jerry Moss
Born (1935-05-08) May 8, 1935 (age 85)
Alma materBrooklyn College (BA)
OccupationRecord company executive
Racehorse owner/breeder
Known forA&M Records, Zenyatta, Giacomo, Tiago, Madeo


After graduating from Brooklyn College with a degree in English and serving in the United States Army, Moss began his music career by promoting "16 Candles", a hit for the Crests on Coed Records. In 1960 he moved to California, where he teamed up with Alpert, forming Carnival Records in 1962 and running the company from an office in Alpert's garage. Discovering that the name was already taken, they dubbed their new-found company A&M Records.

After the A&M label was purchased by PolyGram, the two men went on to form Almo Sounds in 1994, a new record label which continues to operate.

Moss and Herb Alpert were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 as non-performers.[3][4]

Jerry Moss, is a longtime horse-breeder [5] and owner who received the largest ever first-place purse from the Kentucky Derby in 2005 after the victory of the first horse he had ever entered in that race, Giacomo.[citation needed]

In 2004, Moss was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board, replacing longtime television producer Alan Landsburg.[6]

In 2011, he was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ A&M Records to release 50th anniversary album
  2. ^ "Jerry Moss of A&M Records on His Career in Music, Part 2 of 7: Meeting Herb Alpert". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ "Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  4. ^ "Sting presents award at the 2006 Rock And Roll Of Fame Inductions in New York..." Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  5. ^ California Thoroughbred Horsemen Honor Ann & Jerry Moss April 24, 2006
  6. ^ A&M Records' Jerry Moss Named to CHRB
  7. ^ "Jerry Moss - Pillar of Achievement - 2011". Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. 2011.

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