Neil E. Bogart Edit Profile
He was a singer in the 1960s, using the name Neil Scott, prior to running the Michigan offices of Cameo-Parkway Records. After Cameo-Parkway was shut down by the government for stock fraud in 1968, Bogart became an executive at Buddah Records. He started Casablanca in 1973 when he first signed KISS and later became identified with the rise of disco by promoting the career of acts such as Donna Summer and the Village People (the Casablanca roster also contained rock acts such as TRex, Fanny and The Hudson Brothers, but the label became best known for its disco product).
The label was also known for tapping into the funk market with the signing of George Clinton's Parliament in 1974. He died of cancer and lymphoma at age 39. Shortly before his death, he founded Boardwalk Records, and jumped on the new wave bandwagon as disco was in decline.
Joan Jett and Harry Chapin were among his last signings. He was interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California. His death inspired the formation of the T.J. Martell Foundation for the assistance of cancer stricken children.
In 1984, the fund established its laboratories at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. The KISS album Creatures of the Night was dedicated to the memory of Bogart (the dedication is found on the back cover of the original vinyl release of the album near the bottom The dedication is also found on the CD release on the inside of the insert where the credits are located The dedication simply states "Neil Bogart 1943-1982"). Donna Summer's self-titled album from 1982 was also dedicated to Bogart's memory and the liner notes contain one of his favorite sayings, "Why head for the mountaintop when you're reaching for the sky?"
In the 1980 film Can't Stop the Music, actor Paul Sand plays a record executive loosely based on Bogart.
Going Platinum, a book about Bogart, was due to be published in November 2014. Bogart's children are Jylle Bogart Barker, Timothy Scott Bogart, Bradley Bogart, and Evan "Kidd" Bogart who is a songwriter in Los Angeles.