Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don Kirshner,1934-2011.R.I.P.

Rock n' roll impresario Don Kirshner died yesterday of heart failure. He was 76.

Kirshner was a music publisher, manager, concert promoter extraordinaire and master of ceremonies. Here's a piece highlighting his five greatest contributions to pop culture. Amongst them were Bobby Darin, The Monkees and his stable of songwriting talent in the Brill Building which included the likes of Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil.

Kirshner sure made a splash on popular music. Or more aptly, he made a splish-splash.

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