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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sea Island, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
In A Minute.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Dark Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sea Island, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
In A Minute.

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Music producer Jun Mhoon was born on June 10, 1954, and grew up on Chicago’s West Side. As a child, Mhoon stuttered, but he overcame that obstacle. While attending Grant Elementary School, Mhoon joined the drum and bugle corps, and found a mentor in Ms. “Satch” Finch.

In 1968, at the age of twelve, Mhoon had his first major breakthrough in the entertainment industry, when he became the first drummer to begin touring with the Staple Singers. Over the next ten years, Mhoon would tour and perform with many other notable artists, including trumpeter Thad Jones, Jessy Dixon and Paul Simon, and he was the first drummer to sit in with the Count Basie Orchestra. Hoping to learn more about the music industry, Mhoon took a job as a warehouse clerk at Warner Brothers Records, and quickly rose to director of Midwest Local Marketing. From there, Mhoon joined RCA Records as their Midwest regional director, and he enrolled at Columbia College in Chicago. While a student at Columbia, Mhoon founded AEMMP Records, Columbia’s student-run record label. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Mhoon became vice president of A&M Records.

In 1987, Mhoon struck out on his own, creating I AM Records, which specializes in hip hop, jazz, gospel and inspirational music, as well as spoken word albums. Recently, the label has changed its name to I AM Music, and Mhoon has forged ahead into the digital word through contracts to supply digital music to Apple’s iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody Digital Music and RealNetworks.

In addition to his work both as a musician and a recording executive, Mhoon has been involved in television, serving as the first African American to produce a TV dance show in Chicago, Steppin’ at Club 7. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College and Columbia College, both in Chicago.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jun Mhoon remembers his uncles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jun Mhoon details his Uncle Clarence's criminal endeavors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jun Mhoon recalls his uncle Val Washington, a prominent black politician
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jun Mhoon shares childhood memories of South Side Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jun Mhoon recounts childhood misadventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jun Mhoon discusses his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jun Mhoon relates his foray into playing the drums
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jun Mhoon recalls what music he listened to as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jun Mhoon describes the record business in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jun Mhoon mentions touring with the Doors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jun Mhoon remembers his first semi-professional drumming gig
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jun Mhoon recounts meeting his mentor, Purvis Staples
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jun Mhoon describes touring with the Staples, the Bee Gees, the Doors, and others as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jun Mhoon recalls touring with the Tea Box Band and others in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jun Mhoon recounts his early marriage and working for Pops and Purvis Staples
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jun Mhoon remembers lessons learned from Pops and Purvis Staples
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jun Mhoon recalls learning the music business from Pops Staples
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jun Mhoon recounts running the first black-owned recording studio for Pops Staples
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jun Mhoon describes his work for Warner Brothers Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jun Mhoon details how he started I AM Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jun Mhoon recalls I AM Records successes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jun Mhoon explains why I AM Records folded
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jun Mhoon recounts his stint in television production
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jun Mhoon outlines his college experiences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jun Mhoon discusses his higher education at Columbia College and Kennedy-King College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jun Mhoon remembers playing drums with Count Basie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jun Mhoon details how he got into the digital music business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jun Mhoon discusses being the only black-owned digital music company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jun Mhoon shares rewarding experiences from his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jun Mhoon discusses consolidation and the future of the music industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jun Mhoon talks about music in terms of business rather than art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jun Mhoon shares concerns about the digital divide in the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jun Mhoon expresses his regrets on not completing his education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jun Mhoon wistfully talks about his success and his parents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jun Mhoon contemplates his legacy