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One of Elton's Early Supporters to Receive an Accolade Next Month

Wednesday 31 August 2011 @ 16:33 - GMT

Russ Regan will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music at the 17th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival.

The erstwhile record executive once convinced a group of young musicians to change their name from the Pendletons to the Beach Boys. He also is the former head of Uni and 20th Century Fox Records. He is being recognised for those and other accomplishments over a career that has spanned six decades.

Regan will be saluted at the festival on September 18 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula, California. The full event runs Sept. 14 to 18.

Past recipients include Gena Rowlands, Ray Charles, Carl Reiner, William Shatner, Etta James and Shirley Jones. Russ will be honoured along with Connie Stevens; writer, producer and director Oren Peli; DVD and Blu Ray manufacturing technology pioneer Erick Hansen; and film orchestrator and arranger Pete Anthony.

Known as "the man with the golden ear," the music industry veteran began his career at Motown Records promoting artists such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. In 1970, when a young English performer was dubbed "Regan's folly" by executives at MCA Records, Russ stuck with Elton, convinced the singer/songwriter was going to be a star.

At Uni Records, Regan signed Neil Diamond after five other labels had turned him down. Regan also has supervised soundtracks for many movies, including This is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid and A Chorus Line.

Tickets for this year's festival, including opening night, the Black Tie Gala and other activities, are available at www.tviff.com.