Teddy Astin (Bio)
Warner Brothers Records (WBR) 1974 – 1994. National Director of Promotion.
Teddy Astin started working in the WBR warehouse at the young age of 20. One year later, with all his hard work and dedication, he was promoted to the supervisor of the mail room. In 1977, Warner Brothers started the Black Music Division and Teddy’s talent was not overlooked and was swiftly promoted to Regional Director of Promotions for the Carolinas and later promoted to National Director of Promotion. Teddy went from the warehouse to the mail room, to the WBR Board Room, and the rest is history. He was a part of history that started a Black Music Dynasty. Come take a journey back through time and read about musical history and all the artists Teddy has worked with while promoting, marketing, mentoring & artist development for the record label in his new book, “A Golden Past -And- A Platinum Future”
Teddy’s Live Entertainment, Underground Atlanta, 1993 – 1996.
First Class Live Entertainment, 7-nights a week. The club was sold to investors for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. More about some of the great stories from “Teddy’s Live,” in my book!
TLA Real Estate Consulting, 2006 – Present.
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The National Black Radio Hall Of Fame 2/2/2021.
Teddy Astin was inducted into The National Black Radio Hall of Fame (NBRHOF) on February 27, 2021 for “Black Radio & Record Promotions”. I was truly honored and humbled for this awesome induction, and for all the incredible promotion I’ve done with black radio stations & record promotions, all over the USA. I am truly a blessed man!
STOP THE PRESS, September 2021.
Tough Act Publishing INC.
TEDDY ASTIN’S NEW BOOK RELESE.
“A GOLDEN PAST -AND- A PLATINUM FUTURE.”
An Industry Insider’s Historic Insights on Black Music and
Entertainment and Atlanta’s Emergence as a National Music & Film Mecca
ATLANTA – It was a monumental journey that took a former six-year-old paperboy to the warehouse of Warner Brothers Records. Teddy Astin eventually became a supervisor of the mailroom in Atlanta, to the company’s boardroom in Burbank, California as an award-winning record promotion executive. With an impressive work ethic and a creative approach to the music industry, he enhanced the record sales of some of the world’s most popular artists across multiple genres: from Prince, Morris Day & The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E, Zapp featuring Roger to Madonna, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Tevin Campbell, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Bob Marley, Sly Stone, Larry Graham, Donna Summer, Sylvester, Chaka Khan, Ashford & Simpson, George Clinton, The Funkadelics, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Rod Stewart, Ice-T, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Michael McDonald, Al B. Sure!, Karyn White, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Foreplay, (Featuring, Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East & Harvey Mason), Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, The Isley Brothers, Joe Sample, Rose Royce, Frankie Beverly, Jennifer Holiday, Keith Washington, Atlantic Starr, Jasmine Guy, Randy Crawford, The Force M. D. S, Club Nouveau, Tom Tom Club. Comedians, Richard Pryor & Steve Martin. Gospel artist The Winans, Andrae Crouch and many others.
Teddy has received over 50 Gold & Platinum albums in recognition of his contributions to their career success. (Gold [sales over 500,000],
Platinum [sales over 1,000,000], Multi-Platinum [1,000,000 +] Records & Diamond Sales 10,000,000 +) Additionally, each artist has received nominations and awards from the NAACP Image Awards, BET, MTV, Soul Train Awards, American Music Awards, Tony Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammys Awards. Some have even been inducted into the esteemed Rhythm and Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
A Golden Past -And- A Platinum Future is his newly released memoir. The title symbolically describes the journey from his milestone music industry achievements, including WBR’s Promotion Person of the Year, 5-Times & MVP. Recently, Teddy was inducted into The National Black Radio Hall of Fame (NBRHOF) for the incredible promotions he’s done with radio stations all over the USA, along with countless other awards and accolades to mention here. However, they are all listed in the book.
Teddy shares the stardust of his exciting two-decade music industry ride with readers, and includes with an impressive collection of archival
photos with artists with whom he created close bonds and special relationships. A highlight is his account of taking a young, unknown artist
known as Prince on his first promotional tour, and the rest is history.
Teddy recently received The Presidential Volunteer Service Award, From President Joe Biden. Teddy has long been a champion of his Atlanta
hometown and worked consistently to create a mutually productive bridge between the city and the music industry. He was also commissioned by Mayor Maynard Jackson to play a key role in creating initiatives resulting in Atlanta becoming the Entertainment Mecca for
Film & Music industry as it is today, particularly as a precursor for Tyler Perry’s studios and a prime location for other prominent filmmakers,
Record Companies, Producers & Recording Artist.
Teddy also includes his encounters with or personal takes on other key figures from the city’s past, present, and future, including former
President Jimmy Carter, who officially designated June as Black Music Month at a White House event Teddy attended; media mogul Ted Turner; baseball icon Hank Aaron; and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. He also cites Clifford (T.I.) Harris), Mike (Killer Mike) Render, and Rick Ross, who are among the new breed of hip-hop artists who are making a difference as leaders and entrepreneurs in the Atlanta community.
Whether you want to know how records become hits or get behind-the scenes stories about your favorite hitmakers or learn little known industry and Atlanta’s Music & Film history, Teddy Astin’s book is an entertaining, informative, and inspiring read.
Teddy’s book is the beginning of Something, REALLY BIG. The kind of book that Documentaries & Movies Are Made Of. Enjoy & Thank You for Your Support.
Teddy L. Astin