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In Memory of

Alfred Frank Bunetta

July 12, 1942 - March 22, 2015

Obituary


Grammy-winning producer, artist manager, publisher and label founder Al Bunetta died Sunday evening at Nashville's Saint Thomas Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.
Mr. Bunetta got his start in the music business as a road manager for The Young Rascals (later just The Rascals) in the late 1960s.
He then got a job as a talent manager in New York at Paul Anka's management company, CMA; there, he worked with acts such as Al Green, Bette Midler and The Manhattan Transfer.
In 1971, he began working with two of...

Grammy-winning producer, artist manager, publisher and label founder Al Bunetta died Sunday evening at Nashville's Saint Thomas Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.
Mr. Bunetta got his start in the music business as a road manager for The Young Rascals (later just The Rascals) in the late 1960s.
He then got a job as a talent manager in New York at Paul Anka's management company, CMA; there, he worked with acts such as Al Green, Bette Midler and The Manhattan Transfer.
In 1971, he began working with two of the company's newest signees: Chicago singer-songwriters John Prine and Steve Goodman ("City of New Orleans" and "You Never Even Called Me By My Name"). Mr. Bunetta would serve as Prine's dogged manager for more than four decades. For Prine, that relationship would serve as the bedrock to a legendary career of classics such as "Sam Stone" and "Angel from Montgomery." "I'd still be singing these songs to the walls if it weren't for Al Bunetta and (colleague) Dan Einstein," he wrote in the liner notes for his 1993 collection, "Great Days: The John Prine Anthology."
In 1984, Mr. Bunetta, Einstein and Prine co-founded Oh Boy Records, an independent label based in Nashville that would go on to release projects by Prine, Mac Wiseman, Kris Kristofferson, Todd Snider, Janis Ian, Shawn Camp and more, in addition to reissuing classic recordings by artists such as Joe Tex, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
"Al was a real trailblazer in so many ways," says David Macias, founder of Thirty Tigers. "Starting Oh Boy was an incredibly brave thing to do back then. ''' I looked to him and John as examples frequently. He was always somebody you could go to. He was such a warm guy, but he was far from soft. He could make good and pragmatic business decisions when he needed to."
Gregarious and passionate in everything he did, Mr. Bunetta took nearly as much joy in good food and good company as he did in good music. For years, he could be seen holding court at Savarino's Cucina, where he had a sandwich named in his honor. Nearly every day, he'd sit among other East Coast Italian-American transplants, talking, eating and laughing for hours. Writes Macias, "I'll bet St. Peter is on his way to Savarino's for a meatball sub, now that Al has gotten hold of him."
Mr. Bunetta leaves behind his wife, Dawn. He is preceded in death by his son, Juri, who died in 2011.
Memorial service will be held 11: 00 am Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Country Music Hall of Fame Auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juri Bunetta Friendship Foundation.