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Remembering Harvey Rosen

In Memoriam


Harvey and Pavarotti

My business partner, good friend and mentor, Harvey Rosen, passed away on September 9, 2015 at the age of 65.  At Avatar Studios, we are heartbroken and have so much still to say to and about him.  We would like to offer a place where people who have been touched by Harvey can leave messages and thoughts for his family and each other.  Please feel free to pass the link on to other folks who may want say something about Harvey.

A Memorial Service for Harvey was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow in Melville, New York.

A couple of Harvey’s personal passions were the saving and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and children being exposed to and actively involved in music.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to support one of the following charities.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Music Empowers Foundation
Here is the obituary for Harvey.
Thank you.

Kirk Imamura

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  1. Alexandra (Lucia) Miller wrote:

    I had just moved back to New York City from Washington, DC (to give it another go) when I was graced with the opportunity to work at Avatar Studios; to this day I often find myself scratching my head wondering how I ended up in such a legendary space. But during my time as a receptionist, I was provided with a rare opportunity to interact and rub shoulders with many of the creative greats that have defined the never ending struggles of life: love, fun, friendship, teenage angst, invincibility, progress and growth, to name a few experiences that world class, famous and hopeful musicians who have recorded at Avatar have put into song. Observations that have been translated through countless
    lyrics and bass lines that speak not only to my ever hungry and connected millennial generation, but also to my parents and the generation before them. But aside from all of the celebrity sightings, Harvey represented that world class creative artist, he was a person with a life well lived.

    I will never forget the conversations that we had. He was one of the first members of the Avatar family to share his warm smile and genuinely ask how I was doing and how my creative ventures were progressing. We would talk about everything from the wild horses at Asateegue’s National Park, Chesapeake Bay to the history of Go-Go and Funk in DC to his experience breaking into the music industry pricing and predicting what would sell and become a hit. He encapsulated this technological progression and movement in music history from its humble beginnings in radio and vinyl, to the mind dizzying channels, gear and DIY studios that it is becoming today.

    But his knowledge of the Music Business was only one facet of who he was, he was witty and funny, intelligent and absolutely adored his family, children and grandson. I was in total shock when I found out about his passing, but I consider myself very fortunate to have become friends with such an interesting and truly caring man. I think anyone who was lucky enough to listen and spend time with Harvey would agree. My heartfelt and deepest condolences to his family. May you rest in peace Harvey.

  2. Steve Clarke wrote:

    Harvey was such a great person whom I’ve always looked up to and respected. He was so kind, giving, and caring; always looking to help if there was a need. He had an immense knowledge of the music industry (and life!), and took me under his wing and taught me so much over the years. He was my brilliant mentor, my confidant, my teacher, and my trusted friend. He was incredibly witty and funny; always offering up hilarious, immediate, one-liner retorts, that admittedly, oftentimes flew over right my head.

    Harvey, you are so missed! I will always remember you and our friendship.

  3. Tatiana Moroz wrote:

    Harvey was an incredible person. He was always extremely kind to me, and was also very supportive. I will miss our lunches and long conversations very much. He was a good person with integrity, which isn’t so easy to come by. He was always helpful and compassionate. He cared very much for his family, and would always fill me in on the latest with all the kids. I don’t know what I can say that will express how sad I am that he is gone, but I am heartbroken. I wish that I had made more time to see him, especially the past couple years as I have been traveling and tied up in my own world. I had actually thought that a few times over the past few months, but I just didn’t make the time, which I regret very much. I hope wherever he is, he knows how much I loved him and appreciated all the things he did for me. I guess we are all very lucky to have known him, and hopefully we have each taken a lesson from his seemingly endless kindness. I will miss him.

  4. John Livelli wrote:

    I met Harvey 30 years ago when I was looking for someone to help me get started in the record business. What good fortune that I found Harvey. He was so incredibly knowledgeable, kind and patient. Harvey became not just a business associate, but a mentor and close friend. We would speak for hours, about everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, politics, business, and life. It was so clear how much he loved and treasured his family, and how proud he was of his children. In the recent, tougher years he always kept up his good humor and fierce determination to overcome Harvey was a kind, caring, virtuous and honorable man. I will miss him greatly. My deepest condolences to all his loved ones.

  5. Emma Villanueva wrote:

    I met Harvey while visiting New York in 2012. I was riding the E train and headed in the opposite direction of my hotel. I asked the nice man sitting next to me for directions and he offered to help. He walked me to the correct train at the next stop and made me promise to call or text him once I arrived safely back to my hotel. I sent him a text saying that I had arrived back to the hotel and he text me a list of interesting things to do while I was visiting NY. It was at that moment that we became instant friends and stayed in touch. He had mentioned that his daughter lived in Houston and last year he came in for what was suppose to be a short visit. I remember being so excited that my new friend from NY would be visiting my city. Well that short visit turned into almost one year and we would each lunch two to three times a week. I heard some amazing stores about his time at Polygram and his love/hate relationship with New York. We also had long discussions about the music business because my background was in radio. I considered Harvey to be a dear friend and I will always remember him very fondly. He loved his children dearly and was a proud father. He also spoke very highly of his mother and his grandson. I will always remember the way he looked at me when he said goodbye to me on Tuesday after lunch. It was like he knew we would never see each other again. I tried reaching him on Wed. and Thurs. with no response. I knew something was wrong because Harvey would always call or text back. My heart broke when I heard the news from his daughter. He was indeed a very special man and New York will always have a special place in my heart because of Harvey. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Dave Love wrote:

    Harvey was a a true record man. I held him in the highest esteem. Working with him at various independent distributors in the 90’s. I was so fortunate to run into him at Avatar while working on Esperanza Spalding’s album Radio Music Society. We never lost a beat and he was so wonderful to be with. Rest in peace my friend.

  7. Joan Tischer Matthews wrote:

    I worked with Harvey at PolyGram, we were all like family there. I will always remember him as a true gentleman. Hope these messages bring his family comfort at this difficult time.

  8. Laurie Lobraico wrote:

    My condolences. Harvey was one of the good ones- an all around nice guy. He will be missed.

  9. Ginger Lipponer wrote:

    I just talked to him a couple days before his passing. I’m still a little dumbfounded. For a man short of stature, he was larger than life. Sharp, witty, always in tune to what was going on. A dear friend who could always make me laugh. I miss you my friend, but you are now a new star in the universe! Peace be with you. And peace to Harvey’s family. Know that you were loved.

  10. robert rosen wrote:

    the jokes, the puns, the stories i heard many times, the serious talks about everything . . . he was a royal p.i.a. at times , but even so – he was my brother. to use his opening tag line “hey there . . .” no more. rob

  11. Vinnie Birbiglia wrote:

    Harvey was more than an industry acquaintance HE was a friend. Harvey and I would talk about the industry, ideas, his family and my retirement. Harvey and I would bounce ideas off one another and we would both play devil’s advocate. Just before I left for Europe we spoke about an idea he had and I was looking forward to speaking with him this week only to be stunned by his passing. Harvey I miss you already my friend say hello to Mr. Litkei for me!

  12. Bill Reilly wrote:

    Very sad and shocking news.
    Harvey was a good friend for over 40 years. I have fond memories of the good and bad times we went through together, both business and personal. He was very bright, quick witted and always willing to be of assistance to friends and family. He was especially proud of his children and their accomplishments of which he spoke often. Harvey was the quintessential good guy, he will be missed. Shalom my friend.

  13. Bob Kozlik wrote:

    I am stunned & crushed by the sudden death of Harvey.

    Harvey was the epitome of a loyal & true friend.

    I was blessed to be able to stay in touch w/ Harvey via FB & was thrilled to do so.

    His wit, good humor, & loyalty will be deeply missed by me.

    R.I.P. Dear Friend till we meet again. God Bless You & Your loved Ones.


  14. mindy rosen-pape wrote:

    just want to say thank you for the outpouring of love for my brother Harvey.
    I am lost without him

  15. Michael Neustadt wrote:

    My condolences for your loss. Life is not the same without Harvey.

  16. Barry Feldman wrote:

    Harvey and I go way back to the mid 70’s at Polygram. We then worked
    Together at Polygram Classics. In the past years while pursuing a new career I would spend
    a lot of time with Harvey and Larry Offsey where there little office at Avatar was always a welcome
    place for me to spend time while in NYC. Harvey, as we was, was always encouraging to
    And of course we spent tons of time talking about the old times
    At Polygram. We also shared an insatiable curiosity about infrastructure. Nothing to small for us
    Both not to talk about like little kids. What can I say that others haven’t except my personal
    Experiences with this great guy.


  17. Kathleen Monahan wrote:

    Harvey….amazing friend…the most giving soul…made me laugh, made me cry. Was always there for me – no matter what. Words are just not enough. An enormous loss for so many. I will always remember how proud he is of his kids. He is what every father should strive to be. So many memories…..the world is different now.

  18. john newcott wrote:

    Harvey and I went way back, back to the time of this photo and before. I am completely shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news. We exchanged notes recently about getting together as we hadn’t seen each other in awhile but had always kept in touch. He was truly one of the good guys, a real mensch. He loved his family so much and we would spend a good deal of our time together comparing notes about that. It’s a true measure of the man he was that he treated his business family and associates with the same love and respect. You can’t ask for much more than that. I will miss you my friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. my friend.

  19. Michael Meyer wrote:

    Harvey…you taught this “Christian” the true meaning of the word “mench” through your example. Thank you for the ongoing education over the years. Rest in peace dear Harvey. And, thank you for your example of love, peace, and patience. Blessings to you, your family and friends..

  20. Marla wrote:

    Harvey was my cousin. We spent a lot of time together as kids. As we got older we spent many nights on the phone for hours…he loved to make those late night phone calls! Didn’t matter that I had to get up early for work! 😀 even though we didn’t see each other much anymore, at least FB kept us in touch. He was one of the smartest and sweetest I’ll ever know. Rest in peace Harvalla. Xox

  21. Francisco San Martin wrote:

    I never met Harvey but I did meet his daughter Gillian. Such a wonderful person must have had a wonderful father – our thoughts are with Harvey and the Rosen family. Our deepest condolences; we are sorry for your loss. We wish you all the best and are sending you all the love we can from the tiniest corner of South America.

  22. Gary Z wrote:

    Harvey was the best he hired me when he was at Polygram gave me a 18 year old kid my dream job. He taught me so much in a short amount of time and til this day I tell people the crazy stuff that went on! I will never forget him he is a part of me forever.

  23. wayne chernin wrote:

    i worked with Harvey for a while at Polygram. Such a kind and good man

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