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Record Exec Who Brought Us Creed Redeems Himself After Death


It’s been revealed that Alan Meltzer, the deceased founder of mega-indie label Wind-Up records — which released albums by Creed and Evanescence — has left $1 million to his former driver, Jean Laborde, and $500,000 to Chamil Demiraj, at one time the doorman at the Manhattan building he called home. Remarkably, there seems to have been nothing in that will for all those dissatisfied Creed fans out there.

Meltzer died last October at age 67. The cause of death is still unknown. In response to his unexpected windfall, reported Demiraj as saying “[Meltzer] was a generous guy. He was a good friend of mine.” No kidding.

Meltzer’s ex-wife, Diana, didn’t have such fond thoughts. “He can leave it to whoever he wants to,” she told the New York Post, referring to Meltzer’s fortune, estimated at $10 million. “I’m doing fine. I could care less.”If he wants to give it to the bums, he can give it to the bums. He could fuck a nun. I couldn’t give a shit. He can give his money to whoever he wants. We’re divorced. The man is dead.” Aw!

Prior to running Wind-Up records, Meltzer owned and operated CD One Stop, one of the United States’ largest wholesale compact disc distributors during the ’80s and ’90s. Later on, he became a celebrity poker fixture. Fair to say, he was a colorful character. “Every year, I’m going to bring the guy some flowers at his grave,” the driver, Laborde, told the Post.

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