Published Apr 09, 2020Founder of legendary label Trax Records, Larry Sherman, has died. The label broke the sad news today, with Sherman reportedly dying of heart failure.
"It is with great sadness that Trax Records and Rachael Cain must announce the passing of Larry Sherman it's [sic] legendary founder," the label wrote. "There are no details of a memorial yet. I am besides myself... Larry is survived by his beloved daughter Tessa Sherman and his widow Sandy Sherman. I ask that everyone please send LOVE AND PRAYERS. He was of the Jewish faith and passed away on his holiday Passover."
Sherman started the Trax imprint in Chicago in 1984 alongside Jesse Saunders, with it going on to become one of the world's most influential dance labels. Among the many Trax classics are "No Way Back" by Adonis (1986), Jamie Principle & Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" (1988), Larry Heard's "Can You Feel It" (1986), and Marshall Jefferson's "The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body)" (1986).
Trax is also seen as the pioneer of acid house, releasing what's often considered the very first acid house release Phuture's "Acid Tracks" (1987).
Trax Records still exists to this day, but it is now run by Rachel Cain (a.k.a. Screamin Rachael).