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Don Kirshner

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Bronx, New York, U.S.A (late 1950s – 2011)

Don Kirshner (Bronx, New York, U.S.A, 17 April 1934 – 17 January 2011), known as The Man With the Golden Ear, was an American song publisher and rock producer who is best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies. He died of heart failure on 17 January 2011, at age 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kirshner achieved his first major success in the late 1950s and early 1960s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called “Brill Building” school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller.

As a producer-promoter, Kirshner was influential in starting off the career of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of LaBelle, as well as discovering the occasional rock act such as Kansas.

In the Blue Öyster Cult song The Marshall Plan, from the album Cultösaurus Erectus, Don Kirshner’s voice is sampled to introduce the fictitious Johnny: “This is Don Kirshner. And tonight on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, a new phenomenon in the music world — with six million albums to his credit in just two short years, my good friend

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