Legendary Producer Don Kirshner Passes

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“The man with the golden ear.” That’s what Time magazine dubbed him. He was the man behind the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Monkees[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Archies[/lastfm] on TV, not to mention instumental in the careers of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]KISS[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Neil Diamond[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bobby Darin[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Tony Orlando[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ramones[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=""]Kansas[/lastfm]. And of course, who can forget Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.

According to the New York Times, Kirshner, who was 76, died of heart failure yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida.

He began his career writing commercial jingles with his pal [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bobby Darin[/lastfm]. He then went on to become the publisher for many of the most influential artists who came out of the Brill Building in the ’50s, including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Neil Sedaka[/lastfm], Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

But he will probably best be remembered as the man who introduced the latest acts to the American public via his ABC show Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert which ran from 1973 to 1981.

And while we’re at it, let’s say farewell to Don with a little Sugar, Sugar from the Archies.

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