Don Kirshner has died. The record producer, songwriter and song publisher passed away at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida. His career spanned decades and he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. Here are 5 things about the man and his music:
Don Kirshner was the co-owner of the famous music publishing company Aldon Music and had a slew of the Brill Building school of songwriters under contract such as Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller.
He is responsible for launching the careers of some very influential and important artists such as Carole King, Bobby Darin, and Neil Diamond.
He also had his own record label called Chairman Records that had hits by The Archies and Kansas.
But he may be most famous for his work with the Monkees. He was hired by the producers of the show to get the made up band some real life hits..and it worked.
In the seventies, Don Kirshner had his own TV show called Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert that featured long form live performances from some of the biggest rock bands around.