I was very saddened to learn of Dan Langan's passing, and thank you, Mike,
for bringing it to our attention. I knew Dan from ARSC-NY meetings, and
in my role as Editor of the Sound Recording Reviews of the ARSC Journal, I
was privileged to work with him as a reviewer of sound recordings. His
knowledge was encyclopedic, and he was a very interesting guy. We will
miss him very much. RIP.
On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 8:36 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Sad news to report. Dan Langan died yesterday. Former Toast member, ARSC
> member, 78 dealer, musical theater producer-promoter-authority, master
> raconteur, Dan was 82 years old. Below is a memorial written by his
> former wife Mary Deady.
> Born in Scranton, PA, Dan began his career as a reporter, editor,
> columnist, and critic for the Syracuse Post Standard, Philadelphia
> Inquirer, Variety, and for seven years was the "Man about Music" for
> WNYC radio programs. He moved on to corporate public relations before
> opening his own public relations/consulting firm, Langan Communications,
> which mainly serviced arts and entertainment clients, including major
> performing arts centers across the nation. Dan was passionate about New
> York, Broadway, and the American Songbook.
> Dan wrote liner notes and booklets for recordings issued by RCA, Sony,
> Vanguard and other labels, and is cited as an authority on music and
> theatre in more than 50 books. Dan was a member of ARSC - Association
> for Recorded Sound Collections and contributed articles to its journal,
> and made presentations to the NY ARSC.
> Dan counted two Tonys - Randall and Bennett - in the casts of events he
> produced and/or wrote, along with Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley, Tom
> Bosley, Jack Jones, four-time best song Oscar winners Jimmy Van Heusen
> and Sammy Cahn, three-time winners Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the
> cast of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, and many other stars.
> Dan is survived by his daughter, Sheila Langan of Brooklyn, his former
> wife, Mary Deady, and other loving family members. No flowers please,
> but should you wish to make a donation in Dan’s name, please do so to
> ARSC (the Association for Recorded Sound Collections):
> We have also learned from Holland of the passing on March 15 of Franz
> Jansen, apparently in an auto accident.
> (1936-2018). He was a man who committed himself to everything that had
> to do with old music and devices. He was also someone who often wrote
> beautiful articles for the viewer. He and his wife Agnes frequent
> attendees at the Annual Confeerence.
> We wish his family a lot of strength with the loss. RIP Franz.