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ED ECKSTINE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF MERCURY RECORDS

 ED ECKSTINE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF MERCURY RECORDS
 NEW YORK, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Eckstine has been named


president, Mercury Records in the United States, it was announced today by Alain Levy, president and CEO of PolyGram. Mercury Records is one of the major labels in the PolyGram U.S. family whose artists include Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, John Mellencamp, Vanessa Williams, Tears For Fears, Scorpions and Tony! Toni! Tone! PolyGram N.V. (NYSE: PLG) is one of the three largest producers of recorded music in the world.
 Eckstine, 37, joined PolyGram in 1987 as senior vice president and general manager of Wing Records. At that time, Wing was a new West Coast label venture and it was Eckstine's responsibility to create and develop the label. Under his direction, Wing enjoyed a number of successful releases including a multi-Grammy nominated near-platinum debut from Vanessa Williams, a gold debut from Tony! Toni! Tone! and a platinum followup. In January of 1990, Eckstine was promoted to executive vice president of talent and creative affairs in addition to his role as general manager of Wing Records. Now based in New York, Eckstine became the senior A&R executive at PolyGram. In May of 1990, he took over the day-to-day responsibility for the marketing areas which include creative services, product management, publicity and video.
 In 1991, Eckstine was appointed co-president of Mercury Records with responsibilities for A&R and creative imaging and joint responsibility for the marketing areas. During that year, Eckstine worked on Oleta Adams' gold debut, "Circle of One," the Scorpions' double platinum "Crazy World" and the launch of Vanessa Williams' "The Comfort Zone," John Mellencamp's "Whenever We Wanted," Richie Sambora's solo debut "Stranger In This Town," Material Issue's "International Pop Overthrow," and Black Sheep's "A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing."
 Prior to joining PolyGram, Eckstine was a vice president of A&R for Arista Records from January 1985 where he was actively and creatively involved in releases including Kenny G's triple platinum album "DuoTones," the double platinum debut from Expose, and he placed three songs, including "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?," on Whitney Houston's second album.
 Previously Eckstine was employed at Quincy Jones Productions/Qwest Records for 10 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as executive vice president and general manager. While there, Eckstine was involved with the creative and career development of artists including Michael Jackson, Brothers Johnson, Rufus and Chaka Kahn, George Benson, Patti Austin, James Ingram and Quincy Jones. He also signed New Order to their first American record contract with Qwest.
 Eckstine is the son of the legendary vocalist Billy Eckstine, who recorded for Mercury Records between 1960 and 1965 and whose seminal MGM recordings are in the PolyGram catalog.
 "Ed has proven himself to be a remarkable, creative talent in all areas of pop music. He now has a chance to prove his management abilities in addition to his creative abilities. I trust he will make it a great success," said Levy upon making the announcement.
 Said Eckstine on his appointment: "Mercury has a very broad range of great artists and music. I'm devoted to artist development and I'm looking forward to focusing the company. As we enter 1992 all the rules have changed on how to break new artists and how to develop established ones. I see Mercury being at the forefront of a new breed of record companies."
 Eckstine will continue to be based in Mercury's New York offices.
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