Image: Burt Shonberg and Marshall Berle
Marshall Berle was a friend and supporter to Burt Shonberg, through whom the artist befriended and created artwork for such bands as the Curtis Brothers, Love, and Spirit. Berle was managing Spirit and its main songwriter Randy California at the time.
Marshall Berle, nephew of the comedian Milton Berle, was manager of the California bands Spirit, Van Halen, and Ratt. He is the founder and President of Laugh.Com, a comedy record label.
Berle began his career at the William Morris Agency in 1960, signing the Beach Boys to a long term agency contract representing the band from the beginning of their career through 1965. During the mid 1960s Berle went on to be the agent for Little Richard, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Spirit, Ike and Tina Turner, Taj Mahal, Rufus, and Marvin Gaye.
During the 1970s and 1980s he was in the personal management business and started TimeCoast Records, a Los Angeles-based indie record label signing Ratt to a record contract, along with The Alley Cats, and worked with The Surf Punks.
In 1994 Berle created his comedy website along with Robert Kohn. Other founding partners are George Carlin, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Rich Little.. *
Marshall Berle directed "Out Here" a film about Burt Shonberg "An in depth look at the famous Hollywood painter, Burt Shonberg. Interviews with artists, actors, and other Hollywood folks who knew Burt. The film is 1:18 minutes with the last part featuring some of Shonberg's finest paintings and drawings." *
Burt Shonberg, Randy California of Spirit and Marshall Berle
Marshall Berle with his client Little Richard
Marshall Berle with Mike Love of the Beach Boys.
Ratt vocalist Steven Percy with Marshall Berle
Ratt guitarist the late Robbin Crosby with Marshall Berle
Marshall Berle with the late Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini from Ratt
Laura DeCludt (Producer of Shonberg documentary) Sally Kellerman (actress) and Marshall Berle
Marshall Berle's Uncle Milton Berle with David Lee Roth of Van Halen at the party for the first Van Halen album achieving platinum status. Marshall Berle was manager for Van Halen in their formative years.
Burt Shonberg and Marshall Berle