Edgar Allan Poe Award
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
(An aria depicts a song sung in an opera... and yes, this ...)
An aria depicts a song sung in an opera... and yes, this is about an opera singer and a murder mystery in the opera house.. if you like opera or sing it and love mystery and learning about the great big complex in the musical arts called the "opera house", this is surely a story for you!
Early in his career, Meggs wrote scripts for industrial films at Detroit’s Jam Handy Organization. In 1958 he joined Capitol Records as a merchandising project manager and rose through the ranks to become vice president of merchandising and advertising by 1964. Meggs established himself in the music industry with Capitol Records and eventually distinguished himself as the man who signed the Beatles to a contract in the United States in 1963. Named vice president of marketing in 1971, he later became chief operating officer in 1974.
In 1976 Meggs became president of Nanbrook Corporation—a position that ended in 1984 when he rejoined Capitol for a six-year stint as president of its Angel Records, classical music label. There, Meggs was able to devote attention to his favorite types of music—classical and opera. Meggs developed a line for classical music called Seraphim records, which made recordings available at reduced prices.
In addition to his music career, he pursued an interest in writing, penning novels such as Saturday Games. Among his other novels were The Matter of Paradise, The War Train and Aria.
Meggs was married to Nancy Bates Meachen. The marriage produced a son Austin.