Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The story of Jose Menendez

Jose was an American success story. After Castro took over in Cuba, Jose moved to America where he was determined to make good. And he did.

Rising from a lowly dishwasher at Manhattan’s 21 Club, he moved to middle, then upper management in corporate America. At one point, he landed at the record division of RCA.

While he was in charge, Jose signed bands like Duran Duran and the Eurythmics to their first recording contracts. A few years later, Jose moved his family to a big house on Elm Drive in L.A. And then things got tragically weird.

On August 20, 1989, Jose and his wife Kitty were murdered by their sons Lyle and Erik. In case you haven’t guessed it, the last name of the guy who signed the Eurythmics to record for RCA was “Menendez,” and he and Kitty were the victims of one of the highest-profile cases of patricide in American history.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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