Heavy Blow for Chicago With Loss of Holmes, Tisdell
This past week has been truly a reality check when the term ”life is too short” rings true on every level. The Chicago music radio, records and retail community was served the sad news of long-time music veteran and record promoter, Dewayne Holmes.
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Not only was Dewayne a familiar name and face around the music community, he was known across the country among Urban radio programmers and top-level record label executives. He made his transition on Thursday, Feb. 16. In speaking with his wife, Cheryl, she says although it was a rough health period for Dewayne, his passion for the music business never faltered.
The West Side native was a new addition to Chauncey Bell’s street marketing team in the mid-1990s as his point person to service the club DJs, retail stores and eventually the college and mixshow jocks. His charisma and easy manner made him an instant friend with many who encountered Dewayne. As Chauncey’s progressed into working full-time as a regional promotions manager for a major record label, Dewayne headed up the promotions company — establishing Jaguar Entertainment under his leadership.
He’s worked with numerous major and indie labels, becoming one of the leading street marketing companies in the region. Soon his skills got the attention of major labels Interscope Records, Capitol and later J Records—holding down regional promotions roles at each company in the Midwest. We loved Dewayne — he was diligent and loyal to those that he befriended and mentored. His love for his wife and kids were unrivaled and he will solely be missed among all of us.
The double-whammy loss of another record company vet, Tammy Tisdell, was a silent punch in the gut. Tammy, a Detroit native had lived in Chicago for over two decades and became a fast-rising music executive. Her start in the early 1990s as the Midwest Regional Manager for Tommy Boy Record’s Urban division allowed her to build solid friendships and relationships throughout the industry.
A Howard University alumnus, her magnetic energy was contagious and she worked hard, gaining the respect and trust among her colleagues and radio programmers. She rose in the ranks as the National Promotions Director for Virgin Records. Over the years, Tammy had met some difficult health challenges, but like Dewayne, she was private and fought hard to stay healthy.
Dewayne was laid to rest on Saturday, March 4 at Oakwood Cemetary after a joyous homegoing ceremony at his home church, New Galilee Missionary Baptist on the West Side of Chicago.
More details on Tammy's service will be available as information is available for family, friends and colleagues. Our sincerest condolences to both families in this deep loss.