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Arrest in Music Row Murder (Nashville TN)
« on: Jul 28th, 2002, 11:14pm »
Arrest in 1986 Music Row murder
By JOHN GEROME -- Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Hughes' job was compiling a country music magazine's record charts and deciding which albums got a "bullet." One night in 1989, as he left a recording studio along Nashville's storied Music Row, he was gunned down.
This week, 13 years later, a former Nashville record promoter was charged with the slaying in an arrest some industry insiders say casts a spotlight on crooked practices in the country music business back then.
Richard F. D'Antonio, 56, was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and charged in the slaying of Hughes, a 23-year-old researcher for now-defunct Cash Box magazine who was shot by a gunman in a ski mask.
Police said the shooting was related to the two men's work in the music industry. They would not elaborate.
But Jim Sharp, editor at Cash Box until 1986 and a longtime fixture in the city's music industry, said he and many others who worked on Music Row were interviewed by police over years. And he said police examined several leads, including the possibility that Hughes was killed because he refused to manipulate the record charts.
Sharp and others said the practice was once widespread in Nashville. Record promoters working mostly for small, independent labels would give gifts to radio programmers in exchange for airplay and to chart researchers for a "bullet" signifying the record is climbing the charts.
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I don't recall this murder but to see a young man aged 23 die such a violent death over song ratings, makes me very sad. His poor family - a dedicated and hard working employee, not to mention honest, and then the killer made sure by firing at close range over and over. What good did that accomplish, one really must ask.