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BiographyA veteran of the entertainment industry, Harry Weinger is a two-time Grammy® Award winning reissue producer, writer and educator who is currently Vice President of A&R for Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog reissue arm of Universal Music Group.
Weinger has produced, mixed and written or edited liner notes for hundreds of reissues, compilations and music DVDs, notably the Motown family of classic recordings, the James Brown catalog, the Verve Music catalog, and prominent artists in the world of Funk, Soul, Rock and Jazz. The New York Times named the 4-CD box set Star Time, his definitive overview of the music of Mr. Brown, “one of the Top 25 recordings of the 20th Century.” Other collections Weinger produced or executive-produced have won various awards from the NAACP, ASCAP, DownBeat and Living Blues magazines, and others. He is also an honorary Temptation, an honor bestowed by original members Otis Williams and the late Melvin Franklin.
Weinger has written for Rolling Stone and Vibe magazine, as well as the trade magazines Billboard, Cash Box and Hits. He has been a contributing author to several books and, as a consultant for feature films, has helped develop the soundtracks for such diverse films as Four Brothers, Liberty Heights and Standing in the Shadows of Motown, the acclaimed documentary about Motown’s Funk Brothers band. The latter’s soundtrack, which he co-produced, received a Grammy® for Best Compilation Soundtrack. Among Harry’s early career accomplishments is the production of a nationally syndicated weekly radio comedy show, in which he discovered such future stars as Paul Reiser, Bill Maher, Carole Leifer and Larry Miller.
A cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a BS in communications, Weinger was Music Director of the school’s nationally recognized FM radio station. in addition to teaching at NYU, he has delivered talks on music history and the music business at Princeton University, Duke University, University of South Carolina Honors College, Washington University/St. Louis, University of Delaware, and others.