Bob Krasnow had mad flavor. During his tenure as an A&R man for Warner Brothers Records, he was responsible for signing Funkadelic, Chaka Khan and George Benson. Through these signings he singlehandedly put the Bugs Bunny crew in the Black Music business.
Later, as the Chief Executive Officer of Elektra Records, Brand Nubian, Leaders of the New School, Womack and Womack, Anita Baker, Patrice Rushen and Keith Sweat were all signed on his watch. It was on my old friend Keith’s Instagram feed that I learned of Bob Krasnow’s passing.
Bob Krasnow was a big deal in the New York record business that formed me. He was one of the first major label heads that showed an interest in signing an NYU dormitory based upstart independent called Def Jam. When Grandmaster Flash became disgruntled with Sugar Hill Records and the Furious 5, he formed a new crew that Bob Krasnow signed to Elektra.
A change in senior management at the corporate level along with controversy surrounding Interscope Records shook the Time Warner Music Group up and forced change in the label heads at Warner, Elektra and Atlanctic Records. Krasnow was shown the door.
He regrouped and formed Krasnow Entertainment. We met and discussed the possibility of my joining him in his new endeavor. We couldn’t come to an agreement, but later that summer, I ran into him in Atlanctic City. It was a Saturday night, and I was down for an evening of blackjack. Krasnow was smoking a cigar and wearing black tie. He’d come down from New York for the evening to see a fight. I told him I needed a ride back to The City, and he offered a seat on his helicopter. That was the last time I saw him. Cool guy. Great record man. He did his thing.