14 Facts About Andre Harrell


Andre O'Neal Harrell was an American music executive and multimedia producer.

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Andre Harrell's father, Bernie, worked at a produce market in the Bronx's Hunts Point section; his mother, Hattie, was a nurse's aide.

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Andre Harrell graduated from Charles Evans Hughes High School in 1978.

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Andre Harrell attended Baruch College, transferred to Lehman College, and, aiming to be a newscaster, majored in communications and business management.

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In 1983, Andre Harrell met Russell Simmons, a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings.

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Andre Harrell went to work for Def Jam and within two years became vice-president and general manager.

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Andre Harrell is credited with having discovered and signed Sean "Puffy" Combs.

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In 1988, Andre Harrell was offered a label deal MCA Music Entertainment Group.

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Andre Harrell renamed Uptown Records as Uptown Enterprises, and its records were featured in productions for Universal Pictures and Universal Television.

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In 1995, Andre Harrell was appointed CEO of Motown Records and remained there until 1997.

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Andre Harrell was the CEO of Andre Harrell Records, which is distributed through Atlantic Records.

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Andre Harrell partnered with budding Atlanta-based production company L7 Entertainment for the release of their new artists Hamilton Park and Netta Brielle.

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Andre Harrell was the Vice Chairman of Revolt, Diddy's multi-platform music network.

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Andre Harrell was 59, and news of his death was first announced on Instagram by D-Nice.

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