I’m sorry to hear of the death of Joe Dash, breezy head of CBS Masterworks until its takeover by Sony in 1987.
Joe joined CBS Records in 1969 and became General Manager of its classical music division in 1980. He signed Placido Domingo and made a fortune on his John Denver schmaltz album Perhaps Love. But he ignored an order from the Sony chief Norio Ohga to sign Daniel Barenboim as ‘the next Karajan’ and was gone soon after.
Full story in my book The Life and Death of Classical Music.
This is Joe, signing Liberace to Masterworks just before the roof fell in.