NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 26, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles, California: Brian Ross) Org. crime's alleged role in counterfeit record and tape industry examined; Neil Diamond, Elton John, and The Who said among entertainers adversely affected. Scenes from their concerts shown. All three said under contract to MCA Records; focus of federal investigation into co. and performers' losses noted centering on reputed Genovese mob family mbr. Morris Levy and alleged New York mobster Sol Pisello. MCA Records president Irving Azoff's defense of company outlined. Record promoter Joseph Isgro's ostensible role cited. [Producer and musician Herb ALPERT - regrets industry's corruption.] Apparent extent of payola in music industry described.