Ex-RPO pops conductor dies, aged 82

Ettore Strata, an A&R chief at Columbia Records who conducted London orchestras and worked with Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett and Stéphane Grappelli, has beat his last.

Born in northern Italy in 1933, Ettore reached the US in 1959, got a job in a Columbia Records pressing plant and worked his way up to the front office.

A success story from near-forgotten times.

 

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(Photo L-R: Stéphane Grappelli, Ettore Stratta, Pat Philips. Courtesy Pat Philips)

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