Music: The Octopus

Reputedly one of the richest men in the U.S., his name does not even appear in Who's Who. He keeps oak-paneled, antique-furnished offices in New York, Chicago, Hollywood, Cleveland, Dallas, San Francisco, London. As president of the Music Corp. of America, he is absolute monarch over the careers of scores of celebrated radio and cinema stars. Together with the A.F. of M.'s James ("Little Caesar") Petrillo and Music Publisher Jack Robbins, he is "the supreme court of popular music." He is a small, greying man, 49, with a soft voice and meticulous manners....

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