Marsha Zazulawho is a co-founder Megaforce records in 1983 with her husband John (Also known as Johnny Z.), died earlier today (January 10) at the age of 68.
March and Johnnyis a daughter Ricky Zazula confirmed the death of his mother by writing in Facebook post: “RIP Mom April 21, 1952 – January 10, 2021. Your love, your strength, your memory and your music changed your life and will continue FOREVER.”
Megaforce is widely recognized for starting a career at METALLICA by releasing the band̵
METALLICA pay tribute to March in one Instagram fasting, writing: “Rest in peace, March. Thank you for everything. Lots of love for @thejonzazula & the Zazula family. “
Born in 1952, Johnny begins his extraordinary journey as a young renegade, moving from life on the streets of the Bronx in New York to later working on Wall Street and eventually (and unexpectedly) moving into the music business and discovering METALLICA,, ANTHRAX and other.
After Wall Street, Johnny Z. began selling records at a flea market in 1981 to put food on the table for his family. Called Rock N ‘Roll Heaven, the store eventually blossomed into a large record store that influenced the movement of heavy metal as we know it today. In the winter of 1982 Johnny Z. received an unexpected demo tape from an unsigned underground group called METALLICA. Impatient and determined for music to be heard from around the world, Johnny and March founded Megaforce the following year and released “Kill them all”. Through this edition, Megaforce solidified its position as a de facto music label in America for heavy metal.
Johnapplauded CV, “Heavy Tales: Metal. Music. Madness. How John Zazula Lives.”, came out in October 2019. The book tells the story of how Zazulas eventually signing a band that shaped the sound of heavy metal for decades to come.
“It’s all a blessing when you work hard and stay smart and get in the game, and then something comes your way and you’re ready for it. And you can jump on it and drive it.” Johnny he said Diversity. “We were very lucky, March and I that we must choose them as a group that has become the largest group in the world. Not to mention a bunch of other great bands that made history. ”
RIP Mom April 21, 1952 – January 10, 2021
Your love, your strength, your memory and your music have changed your life and will continue FOREVER.
Posted by Rikki Zazula on Sunday, January 10, 2021
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