Gerald Elliot “Jerry” Heller was an American music manager and businessman. He was best known for his controversial management of West Coast rap and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E. He rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, importing Elton John and Pink Floyd for their first major American tours, and representing Journey, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, War, Eric Burdon, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ike & Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, the Who, REO Speedwagon, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Styx, the Grass Roots, and the Standells, among many others. In the mid-1980s he worked with R&B and hip hop acts like Michel’le, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, J. J. Fad, The D.O.C., Egyptian Lover and LA Dream Team. Heller played a role in the emergence of West Coast rap music when he managed Ruthless Records with Eazy-E and discovered, signed or managed the likes of N.W.A, The Black Eyed Peas, Above the Law, The D.O.C. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
|Born:||Gerald Elliot Heller, October 6, 1940, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Died:||September 02, 2016, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.|
|Resting place:||Eden Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Spouse(s):||Gayle Steiner (m. 1996, div. 2014)|
|IMDb:||Jerry Heller’s IMDb|
About Jerry Heller
Music manager who helped launch the Compton-based rap supergroup N.W.A., working closely with Eazy-E in the founding of Ruthless Records. He also managed Elton John and Pink Floyd, among numerous other notable rock artists.
He attended the University of Southern California after serving in the United States Army. His work in the music business began in 1963.
Gil Reavill wrote his memoir, titled Ruthless: A Memoir. It was published in 2006.
He was born into a Jewish family.
Paul Giamatti portrayed him in the 2015 hit film Straight Outta Compton.
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- West Coast hip hop
- Marshall School of Business alumni
- American music managers
- American talent agents
- Writers from Cleveland
- Ohio University alumni
- Businesspeople from California
- American music industry executives
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