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[b]Herman Gimbel[/b] (Oct 23, 1913 - Sept 1978) was an American record distributor, label executive, and later owner of [l=Audiofidelity Enterprises, Inc.] home to [l=Audio Fidelity] [b]Records[/b].
Herman entered into the music business, via way of record distribution, in 1949 courtesy of his friend, [a=Harold Drayson].
Harold was employed with [l=MGM Records], and convinced Herman to become the Baltimore, MD distributor for [l=MGM Records]. Herman soon took on Richmond, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, as well.
He grew his distribution company to the point that he began handling other labels, including [l=Epic].
Herman eventually closed his record distributorship, and began working with various record labels and companies, in a host of executive-related duties.
He bought [l=Audiofidelity Enterprises, Inc.] (which included [l=Audio Fidelity]) in April 1964.
He died September 1978 (age 64) .