Baldassare (Barney) Ales, a key government at Motown Information throughout its 1960s prime and later its president, died of pure causes on Friday in Malibu, California, based on an announcement from Common Music Group. He was 85.
Ales — pictured above proper, with Marvin Gaye — was born Could 13, 1934 in Detroit and as a youth labored at Chrysler’s Dodge Most important plant (considerably, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. took inspiration for his fledgling firm from the mass-production practices of the auto trade). At age 21, he joined the stockroom of Capitol Information’ native department, advancing through the subsequent 4 years to posts in gross sales and promotion earlier than becoming a member of Warner Bros. Information in 1959 as its Detroit department supervisor.
The next 12 months, Ales met Gordy, who subsequently provided him a put up as nationwide gross sales supervisor and promotion director at his upstart file firm.
From 1961-72, Ales — whose identify might be acquainted to anybody who has learn a ebook on Motown’s historical past — performed a central function within the label’s fast development and success, serving to to interrupt nationwide hits by the Marvelettes, Stevie Surprise, the Miracles, Mary Wells, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the 4 Tops and the Supremes, the latter of whom scored 5 consecutive No. 1 hits in 1964 and ‘65. In 1969, Ales was promoted to government VP and basic supervisor. In 1970, Motown scored an additional seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard Scorching 100, its highest complete in a single 12 months.
When Motown moved its headquarters to California in 1972, Ales remained in Detroit and launched his personal label, Prodigal Information. In 1975, Gordy introduced him again as government VP of Motown Information in Los Angeles, later appointing Ales president. The corporate loved one other eight No. 1 singles below his watch, in addition to the 14-week tenure at No. 1 of Stevie Surprise’s basic 1976 album “Songs within the Key of Life.”
After leaving Motown in 1979, Ales held senior posts at Elton John’s Rocket Information, Bob Guccione’s Penthouse Information and Norman Granz’s Pablo Information. He retired on the finish of the century.
Ales is survived by spouse Eileen; youngsters Steven, Barney, Shelley, Brett and Cristina; 9 grandchildren and 6 nice grandchildren.
No funeral is deliberate; in lieu of flowers, the household is requesting donations be made to the Detroit Sound Conservancy: