David Arthur Anderle
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July 9, 1937 - September 1, 2014 Gold and Platinum record producer and music industry executive, David Anderle, passed away peacefully after a heroic battle with cancer at his Los Angeles home on September 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife, Cathy, and devoted son, Jonathan, and numerous family members. Born and raised in Los Angeles, David was the son of Al and Pauline Anderle. After graduating from Fairfax High School, David joined the U.S. Navy as a Gunner's Mate, completing a two-year tour of duty. Upon returning, he attended the University of Southern California as a drama major and set designer. It was there that he met Sherril Forbes who became his wife of 41 years, predeceasing David in 2008. David's storied career spanned several decades working with such artists as Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Van Dyke Parks, Danny Hutton, Judy Collins, The Doors, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Delaney and Bonnie, Bread, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, David Ackles, Tim Buckley, Nico, Marc Benno, Booker T. Jones, Blues Traveler, John Hiatt, The Gin Blossoms, Aaron Neville, Sound Garden, Suzanne Vega, Circle Jerks, Amy Grant and Sheryl Crow. His legendary friendship with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys led to the formation of the first artist-run label, Brother Records. The long-awaited album, Smile, was brought to market in 2011 to the great satisfaction of both Brian and David. David began his career in music in 1964 as the West Coast Talent Director for MGM Verve before joining Jack Holzman and moving to West Coast Operations Director for Elektra in 1968. In 1970, David struck out on his own, forming Willow Productions, until 1973 when he began his long stint at A&M Records, joining Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert, as Senior Vice-President of A&R before his retirement in 1999. During his long tenure at A&M, David also served as music supervisor for such films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and Good Morning, Vietnam, wherein David was instrumental in making Louie Armstrong's "What A Wonderful Life" part of the original soundtrack. Upon his retirement, David returned to his true passion of painting. In 2007, he realized a life-long dream with the opening of his one-man show, Better Late Than Never. He continued to paint throughout the balance of his life. David once said when asked about his love of painting and his career in music, " I can't paint anything that doesn't get inside me, whether it's a person or a place. There has to be a reason why, or I won't do it. Producing records was the same. I had to be touched." A proud graduate and supporter of the University of Southern California, David first taught at USC as an undergrad student and later served on the Board of Councilors for the School of Dramatic Arts. David's influence in both music and art leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved and appreciated him. David - husband, father, brother, uncle and friend - is survived by wife Cathy, son Jonathan, daughter-in-law Adrienne, Barbara (Alan) Loeb, Bonnie (Bela) Bunyik, nieces and nephews, grand niece and nephew and all his loving family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to: Sherril Anderle Memorial Scholarship Fund USC School of Dramatic Arts 1014 Childs Way 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90089-0591 Gift by phone: 213 821-4262 Memorial services will be private.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Sep. 5 to Sep. 7, 2014.
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September 11, 2014
To my DEAR friend David Anderle, I cried all last night learning of your passing. You were my true friend. You were like my big brother my dad and a person I could always come to for advice. I thank God for the 25 glorious years of our friendship! Love You Big Dave
Myrron Anderson
September 11, 2014
To my DEAR friend David Anderle, I cried all last night learning of your passing. You were my true friend. You were like my big brother my dad and a person I could always come to for advice. I thank God for the 25 glorious years of our friendship! dedicate this song to you. Love You Big Dave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afb4A8SppmQ
Myrron Anderson
September 8, 2014
I first met David in early 1977. 20 years his junior, I was still in my teens and a probationary new hire at the popular radio show "Casey Kasem's American Top 40." I visited David at his office at A&M Records to discuss the success he was having as the producer of Rita Coolidge's first hit single, but we ended up talking about his entire career, music in general, and his pivotal role in the Beach Boys' history in the mid-to-late '60s.

He could not have been nicer or more forthcoming. After the fact, rather than simply listening to the interview I had conducted, my boss called David to ask if my interview had been competent, which I found a bit objectionable. But the glowing, complimentary review he gave of our conversation, no doubt, contributed enormously to my securing that job and launching my career.

Subsequent meetings and conversations over the years were equally delightful. David was a kindred spirit, and we were united in our love and respect for Brian Wilson.

David was a rare, understated gentleman in a business where humility and thoughtfulness is a scarce commodity. By his own admission, he fell into music production accidentally, but he clearly had an innate musicality because the records he helped create were not only successful, but possess a tastefulness that has prevented them from ever sounding dated. And they never will.

I'm so pleased that he retired to devote full attention to his painting. His early portrait of Brian Wilson revealed that he possessed an artist's soul that was every bit as profound as that of his subject.

I'm so sorry for your loss Carol and Jonathan. And I just wanted to let you know how much I admired and respected your husband and dad. He'll always have a place in my memory and heart.


Scott Paton

Scott Paton
September 7, 2014
You have my deepest sympathy. May the God of loyal love comfort you and the family during your time of sorrow. Psalm 119:76
September 6, 2014
David and I went to Louis Pasteur Junior High School. We kept in touch all through high school, the navy and college. He was a really good buddy of mine, as was his and my good friend Abe Sommer. I have the fondest of memories.
Sharon Schulman Levenstein
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