At the age of 104, Art Rupe, the founder of Specialty Records, passed away. Because of this music executive and record producer, Sam Cooke and Little Richard got their start.
Rupe was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 as one of the great commercial juggernauts of the golden age of recorded music. He died at his home in Santa Barbara, California, on Friday, April 15th.
The news of his demise went widespread on the internet as well. Let’s learn more about him, shall we?
Who is Art Rupe?
Arthur Newton Rupe was a music executive and record producer from the United States. He founded Specialty Records in Los Angeles in 1946, which is known for its recordings of R&B, blues, gospel, and early rock & roll music.
Rupe was born on September 5, 1917, to a working-class Jewish family in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was born and reared in McKeesport, a nearby suburb. His given name was Arthur Goldberg at first, but he changed it later in life.
His father worked in a factory as an immigrant from Galicia, and his mother was a housewife from Pittsburgh.
He received his schooling at Virginia Tech, Miami University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Along the way, he changed his surname from Goldberg to Rupe, which was an ancestral name.
Rupe is survived by a granddaughter, a step-grandson, and two step-great-granddaughters from the second of his three marriages, to Lee Apostoleris, which ended in divorce. Dorothy Rupe, his third wife, and three siblings died before him.
What is the Net Worth of Art Rupe?
Craftsmanship Rupe had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death. Craftsmanship Rupe’s total assets were valued at $5 million at the time of his death.
A few websites have reported the complete assets on the internet, but no confirmation from the deceased’s family or an agency has yet been received.
Rupe began his career in the amusement and music sector in 1945, following the end of the ensuing global struggle.
His Professional Life
During WWII, Rupe was part of an engineering team that tested ships on Terminal Island near Los Angeles. After the war, he stayed in the city, initially hoping to get into the film industry, then settling on a career as a record producer.
In 1944, he co-founded JukeBox Records with Ben Siegert, and the Sepia Tones’ aptly-named “Boogie No. 1” became the label’s first regional hit.
Following the war, Rupe and Siegert split up, leaving Art to found Speciality Records, which would go on to become one of America’s most successful independent record companies over the next 15 years or so.
Art Rupe’s Cause Of Death
Right now, heartfelt condolences are flowing in from all corners of the internet. His death came as a shock to all of his fans and admirers. His family is devastated. His death was attributed to natural causes, with him suffering from deteriorating health as a result of his advanced age.