Now the roller-coaster life of
Isgro, who once helped get airplay for songs by such stars as
Isgro declined to comment as he left court, but his lawyer,
The case begins a new chapter in the tale of a
The planned title: "Hit Man."
Isgro, 66, has been a music-business player for decades, coming to prominence when independent promoters exerted enormous influence over what songs Americans heard on Top 40 radio. As a leading promoter, Isgro ran a company that grossed as much as
He came under scrutiny after a 1986
Labels rapidly jettisoned independent promoters, at least temporarily, and federal authorities began probing record-promotion practices. Indicted in 1989, Isgro denied doing anything illegal.
Some associates pleaded guilty, but he went to trial in
Prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to revive the case for six more years — before the lead prosecutor pleaded guilty himself to unrelated charges of taking more than
Meanwhile, Isgro pressed ahead with a record label he had founded, releasing albums by funk master
In 2000, Isgro was arrested outside a
Prosecutors in that case said he was a soldier in the Gambino crime family, an assertion echoed in the new gambling indictment brought by
Since his release from federal prison, Isgro has continued making music distribution deals. And he has said his alleged Gambino ties are bunk.
"I'm a soldier, all right — a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War," the Purple Heart recipient told the
Rubin, the defence lawyer, noted that the new allegations date back about five years.
"This looks to be an ancient case, an ancient investigation, and we're looking forward to having our day in court," Rubin said.
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