Songwriter, producer, manager, record label owner, Don Kirshner
Producer ~ Label exec
birth name: Donald Kirshner

Don Kirshner

April 17, 1934, New York, NY ~ January 17, 2011, Boca Raton, FL

The Brill Building age of pop, named after the Manhattan building where many of its songwriters labored, lasted from the mid-1950s to the mid-’60s and is celebrated for the people behind its innocently aching music: producers like Phil Spector, writing teams like Carole King and Gerry Goffin. But the guiding force behind many of those people was Mr. Kirshner, whose hustle, hit-trained ear and good timing helped shape pop in the days when Tin Pan Alley’s song-craft traditions were being mingled with the rhythms of rock. ~ New York Times: Don Kirshner Obituary ~ January 18, 2011 © New York Times

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Veteran music mogul who shepherded songs from a monstrously talented stable of young writers to the top of the pop charts in the 1960s, launched the career of the Monkees and then became a familiar face to millions of rock fans as impresario of his late-night music TV series in the 1970s. […] “In terms of the show, it's a crucial '70s bridge between the Ed Sullivan era of the '60s and MTV of the '80s,” Ron Simon, curator of TV and radio for the Paley Center for the Media, said Tuesday. “The variety show was in decline, and Kirshner was able to capitalize on many different forms of music that were coming about in the '70s.” ~ Los Angeles Times: Don Kirshner Obituary ~ January 19, 2011 © Los Angeles Times

Don Kirshner ~ Inducted in the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Kirshner protégé Neil Diamond declared, “The music business never had a better supporter.” He started out writing songs and ad jingles with Bobby Darin. In 1958, Kirshner cofounded Aldon Music, the top music publisher of the Brill Building era, with partner Al Nevins. Kirshner had a knack for finding and nurturing talented songwriters and for matching songs with singers. Time magazine called Kirshner “the Man with the Golden Ear. ~ 2012 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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