Music Exec Marilyn Petrone, Who Worked With Kenny Rogers and War, Dies at 82

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Marilyn Petrone

She worked at Dick Clark Productions and spent 15 years at United Artists Music Group.

Marilyn Petrone — a music industry veteran who worked with such top artists as Ike and Tina Turner, War, ELO, Shirley Bassey, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Johnny Rivers — has died, according to Sheryl Feuerstein of East West Media. She was 82.

Petrone, who worked at both Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Group, died Wednesday from cancer at her Beverly Hills home.

Born Marilyn Chortkoff in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved to Los Angeles with her family at age 11, growing up in El Sereno, Calif.

In the 1960s, Petrone returned to New York, where she worked at Dick Clark Productions. She then spent 15 years at United Artists Music Group, working with then-president Mike Stewart.

Petrone moved back to Los Angeles in 1972, continuing to work with Stewart at United Artists. And in 1977, when Stewart formed Interworld Music Group, a joint venture with Bertelsmann, she worked at the new company until the early 1980s.

Petrone was married to the late Emiel Petrone, who was senior vp at Phillips Corporate Alliance Group, which helped to launch the compact disc and DVD formats.

Services will be held Jan. 22 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family requests that donations be made in her memory to City of Hope and Tree People.