If there was anyone who I could have a dinner or lunch with it would be legendary music producer L.A. Reid.
Reid’s ears and business acumen have earned him a top position in a business that eats people up. I know this because back in the day I worked in a talent agency that eventually merged with WME, specifically in what was then called the “urban music” department which meant contemporary black music.
Our department booked gospel to R&B stalwarts such as Jeffrey Osbourne, Ray Charles, Jody Watley, and our MOR (middle of the road) department booked Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole, who straddled MOR and contemporary. L.A. Reid’s name was mentioned frequently.
Now Reid has a new memoir coming out entitled LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic and Searching for Who’s Next, and yesterday he blitzed TV talking about some stories as his paths frequently crossed with the late Michael Jackson. Reid has an especially juicy conversation with Wendy Williams who is a far better interviewer than Steve Harvey. She lasers in and asks the good stuff.
Reid praises Beyoncé for “selling” him on the talent of Rihanna, and he reportedly dishes big on the feuds MJ had with his brother Jermaine, Prince and other oddball stories of the cryptic Jackson star from Gary, Indiana.
Watch some of his TV clips while he promotes his book below: