Renowned record producer for Johnny Cash, Metallica, Jay-Z, and many more.
He was thrown offstage after fighting with heckling fans in one of his early bands.
He was known as the co-president of Columbia Records and the co-founder of Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons.
He was born to a Jewish family: his father was a shoe wholesaler and his mother was a housewife.
He worked with artist Tom Petty. He helped bring hip-hop music to the forefront of pop culture.