Bob Marcucci

Robert Phillip "Bob" Marcucci (February 28, 1930 – March 9, 2011) was an American lyricist, talent manager, film producer, and the owner of Chancellor Records and Robert P. Marcucci Productions.[1] He discovered and managed the careers of Fabian and Frankie Avalon, amongst others.[2] The 1980 movie, The Idolmaker, is loosely based on his life in the record industry.

Early life and career

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob Marcucci started in the music industry at age 25, as a songwriter, after which he borrowed $10,000 from his father to launch Chancellor Records.

One of his first signed acts was Frankie Avalon, but by the time Frankie had reached the age of 17, his appeal began to decline and Marcucci was in need of a new star.

His next act was his neighbor's 14-year-old son. Marcucci's neighbour had suffered a heart attack during which Marcucci had gone over to help. He spotted the neighbor's young son and after the father had recovered, inquired as to whether he would be interested in a career in music. Fabian initially declined but, because his family needed the money, eventually signed on as Marcucci's next act.[3] After two years Fabian bought out his contract.[4]

He was the long-time manager of Hollywood gossip columnist Rona Barrett. He was co-producer of the 1984 version of The Razor's Edge, starring Bill Murray in a rare dramatic role. The following year, he produced A Letter to Three Wives for television.

Later years

In his later years, Marcucci continued to manage artists such as Danielle Brisebois, Amy Dolenz, Michael T. Weiss, Ron Moss and Cheryl Powers through his production companies.[5]

Marcucci died on March 9, 2011 at a hospital in Ontario, California, of respiratory complications and severe infections.[6]


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  2. "Bob Marcucci Interview".
  3. "Fifties Boulevard Fabian". Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  4. "Classic Bands Fabian interview".
  5. "Bob Marcucci Interview".
  6. Grimes, William (March 17, 2011). "Bob Marcucci, a Rock Music Idol Maker, Dies at 81". The New York Times.
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