Ian Dove, Longtime Entertainment Publicist, Dies at 80

IAN DOVE - P - 2016
Courtesy Digney & Co.

He worked at firms headed by Lee Solters and for The New York Times, Billboard and the Recording Academy.

Ian Dove, a veteran publicist and former executive with the Recording Academy, died Aug. 31 of colon cancer in Moorpark, Calif., publicists Jerry Digney and Jerry Brown announced. He was 80.

Early in his career, the English-born Dove was a pop music critic and music columnist for The New York Times and worked as an editor in New York for such trade magazines as Billboard, Cash Box and Hit Parader.

He came to the West Coast and joined the PR firm Solters, Roskin & Friedman, where his clients included Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Caesars Palace, then moved to the Recording Academy as its publications director and editor of the Grammy magazine.

After almost a decade with the Recording Academy, Dove returned to his former PR outfit, renamed Solters & Digney, as a full-time strategist and writer before his retirement.

Dove also worked alongside famed music publicist Norman Winter, whose clients included Elton John.

He is survived by his wife Lita and daughters Alexandra and Michelle. A memorial service is pending.