Alan Meltzer, the founder and former chairman of Wind-Up Entertainment, died suddenly over the weekend at age 67. Meltzer, who formed the label with his wife, Diana, after purchasing indie Grass Records in 1997, was instrumental in the success of Wind-Up Records crossover acts such as Evanescence and Creed. He left the company in 2010.
Prior to forming Wind-Up, Meltzer ran CD One Stop, a chain of record stores in New York and Connecticut that evolved into one of the largest wholesale distributors of CDs in the Eighties and Nineties.
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A representative for the label declined to comment on the nature of Meltzer's death, but noted that an autopsy is pending.