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writer , artist management executive

Walter John O'Brien, American artist management executive, writer. Recipient Excellence in Mathematics award Mathematics Association American, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969.


O'Brien, Walter John was born on December 25, 1951 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. Son of Walter Francis and Marie Carmella (Valvano) O'B.


Director album promotions, JEM division Passport Records, South Plainfield, New Jersey, 1973-1975; director album promotions, ATV/Pye Records, New York City, 1975-1977; label manager, Passport Records, South Plainfield, 1977-1978; director artist development Genesis, Hit and Run Music Management, New York City, 1978-1980; general manager, Hannibal Records, New York City, 1981; founder, label manager, Relativity/Combat Records division Important Records, Jamaica, New York, 1981-1984; founder, president, Concrete Management, New York City, since 1984; co-founder, president, Concrete Marketing Inc., 1987-1990; president, Piranha Brothers Productions Inc., New York City, 1990-1995. Telecom trainer International Minerals and Chemical Corporation Computer Network, New York City, 1984-1986. Advisory board dirs.dept. music business New York University, 1985-1990, lecturer, since 1985, SUCO, Oneonta, New York, since 1987.

NARAS/Grammy award rock advising committee member, 1992-1994.


  • Other Work

    • Columnist: Music & Sound Output mag, 1980-1983, Keyboards, Computers, Software magazine, 1985-1987. Freelance writer, photographer Courier News, Gannett Incorporated, 2005-2007, staff writer, reporter since 2007.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: computer programming, flying, travel, amateur radio, shortwave.


Married Andrea Lapides, September 15, 1973 (divorced April 1975).

Walter Francis O'B.

Marie Carmella (Valvano) O'B.

Andrea Lapides