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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
LawMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Management Chief Executive
Entertainment Lawyer
Music Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Tough, But I Am Tougher.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1942
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
LawMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Talent Management Chief Executive
Entertainment Lawyer
Music Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Life Is Tough, But I Am Tougher.

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1942
Birth Location:
Kansas City
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Biography

Entertainment lawyer, music executive and talent management chief executive Larkin Arnold, Jr. was born on September 3, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri to Larkin and Annie Arnold. When Arnold was in elementary school, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, for his mother's health. In Kansas City and Phoenix, Arnold attended Catholic schools. He received his B.S. degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1966, and graduated from Howard University Law School in 1969.

In 1970, Arnold became one of the first African Americans to be hired as an attorney by a major record label when he joined Capital Records. Four years later, he was promoted to vice president of Capitol Records, creating and heading the company's Black Music Division. In 1975, Arnold signed Natalie Cole to Capitol Records and, in 1977, he served as the executive producer for Caldera’s record Sky Island. That same year, he signed Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, the former backup band for Marvin Gaye. In 1978, Arnold left Capitol Records for Arista Records. As senior vice president, Arnold ran the West Coast office and was in charge of bringing in new artists and products. Arnold held this position until he was hired in 1980 by CBS/SONY Music as senior vice president. There, he spearheaded the marketing and promotion of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album that sold over twenty-five million units worldwide. Arnold also represented Teena Marie, Luther Vandross, Surface, Peabo Bryson and The Reflections. In 1988, Arnold founded Arnold & Associates, one of the few wholly integrated legal and management teams in the record industry.

Arnold co-founded the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, serving as its chairman for eight years. He has served on the boards of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Executive Committee of XI Boule Fraternity, the United Negro College Fund Ladders of Hope Program, and the Los Angeles Zoo Commission. Arnold has received numerous honors and awards including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Executive of the Year Award, Outstanding Graduate Award of Howard University School of Law, the Distinguished Graduate Award of Howard University, the Congressional Black Caucus Outstanding Citizen Award, the Langston Bar Association Lawyer of the Year Award, the NATRA Award for Record Executive of the Year, Pollstar Award for R&B Manager of the Year, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award for Outstanding Community Leadership and a 100 Black Men Honor.

Arnold is married to Cynthia Arnold and is the father of two children.

Larkin Arnold was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 10, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold talks about his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold remembers his community in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold recalls his community in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Larkin Arnold talks about his move to Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Larkin Arnold remembers his mother's illness
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Larkin Arnold describes his early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Larkin Arnold recalls his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold remembers studying math and physics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold recalls the mentorship of Percy Lavon Julian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold remembers his decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold recalls his first impressions of Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold recalls his civil rights activism at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold recalls his involvement in SNCC
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold remembers losing his scholarship to Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold recalls being hired by Senator Stuart Symington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold remembers working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold describes his experiences as a U.S. Capitol Police officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold recalls attending the American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold recalls his challenges as a U.S. Capitol Police officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold recalls his decision to pursue a law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold remembers his mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Larkin Arnold recalls his admission to the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold remembers the Howard University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold recalls his decision to become an entertainment lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold recalls his struggle to find work in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold recalls being hired by Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold describes his position at Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold recalls his start at Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold describes his work at Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold recalls his advocacy for black artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold recalls being offered a position at Motown Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold recalls conducting market research for Capitol Records, LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold recalls conducting market research for Capitol Records, LLC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold recalls his transition to management at Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold remembers signing artists to Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold recalls signing Natalie Cole to Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold recalls the success of his marketing initiative
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold remembers the black artists at Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold talks about his marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold recalls his decision to leave Capitol Records, LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Larkin Arnold recalls his experience at Arista Records
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Larkin Arnold remembers his decision to leave Arista Records
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold describes his role as senior vice president of CBS/Sony Records Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold talks about the Columbia Records and Epic Records labels
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold talks about the jazz division of Columbia Records
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold talks about the racial discrimination in the music industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold remembers signing Michael Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold describes his career at CBS/Sony Records Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold describes his career at CBS/Sony Records Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Larkin Arnold recalls Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Larkin Arnold reflects upon his success at CBS/Sony Records Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Larkin Arnold recalls founding the law firm of Arnold and Associates
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Larkin Arnold describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Larkin Arnold describes his hopes and concerns for the African American music industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Larkin Arnold describes his advice for young business executives
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Larkin Arnold describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Larkin Arnold reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Larkin Arnold reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Larkin Arnold narrates his photographs