Jerry Weintraub's resume reads like a play-by-play of major moments in pop culture history. I had the pleasure of walking down memory lane with the fascinating Mr. Weintruab — “Jerry, Jerry, call me Jerry!” — to hear more about his many careers and reinventions.
Before becoming a well-known Hollywood producer of films like 'Diner,' 'Karate Kid' and 'Oh, God!', Bronx native Weintraub got his start in music management for original Rat Packer Joey Bishop, the Four Seasons, and the songstress who eventually became his wife, Jane Morgan.
He then moved on to promote huge acts like Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Led Zeppelin, The Carpenters, John Denver and The King, Elvis Presley, which made him a millionaire at a very young age.
“The craziest was Led Zeppelin,” says Weintraub. “Because they were crazy. That was the time though — it was the ’70s. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, you know?” When I commented that it sounded like a hard life to keep up with, Weintraub barked, “Not really,” followed by his signature full, throaty laugh.