Black Music Month: BE100s Companies That Made Their Mark with Music

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SUSSEX RECORDS INC./INTERIOR MUSIC CORP.: Clarence Avant, aka the Godfather of Black Music (pictured). Avant founded Sussex Records (1969); bought a radio station, making it the first black owned FM radio station in metropolitan Los Angeles (1973); and founded Tabu Records (1976). Tabu produced artists such as the SOS Band, Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle, and Kool & the Gang, and boosted the careers of legendary music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

SUSSEX RECORDS INC./INTERIOR MUSIC CORP.: Clarence Avant, aka the Godfather of Black Music (pictured). Avant…