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Kim Fowley

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Kim Fowley (born 27 July 1939) is a male American record producer, impresario, songwriter and sometime recording artist. The son of Hollywood character actor Douglas Fowley ( Singin’ In The Rain ), Kim’s scattergun career in the music industry has been as varied and eccentric as it has been long. He has generally remained on the fringes of the mainstream industry, free to immerse himself in obscure and offbeat projects while occasionally stumbling on (and then happily milking) commercial success. Of all his ventures, he is perhaps best known for being behind a string of novelty and/or cult rock 45s during the 1960s and for conceiving and managing girl punk group The Runaways in the 1970s.

During the 1960s in Los Angeles, Fowley produced and/or wrote hundreds of recordings with a wide range of acts and in a remarakably broad spectrum of styles - from bubblegum novelty rockers to girl group ditties, from folk and country to acid rock. While many attained a cult status over time, only a few achieved mainstream commercial success. His three biggest hits - all as producer - were “Alley Oop” by The Hollywood Argyles ( a US #1 in 1960); “Nut Rocker” by B.Bumble and the Stingers (a UK #1 in 1962); and “Popsicles And Icicles” by The Murmaids, a US #3 in 1963. The latter was written by a pre-Bread David Gates, then a jobbing musician and songwriter who had met Fowley while hitch-hiking in LA.

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  • flashbleu

    R.I.P. Kim, you nutter. The world needs more like you.

    12 Apr 5:35pm Reply
  • Soci0path

    Late too but how unfortunate.. // Thank you so much for the solid half century of countless contributions in the musical history. Underrated yes, but too weird to die. RIP Kim.

    1 Mar 5:20am Reply
  • cap_surgeon

    strange. a month too late i first heard of his death. sleep well man.

    18 Feb 4:43pm Reply
  • mrbonzoorubber2

    Rip

    18 Jan 2:51pm Reply
  • IanCurtis13

    RIP Kim

    16 Jan 8:22pm Reply
  • Toon_1

    RIP Kim! You will be missed.

    16 Jan 7:06pm Reply
  • Spurck

    Rip man, enjoy your final "trip".

    16 Jan 11:16am Reply
  • in90sec

    oh noooooooooooooooooooooo what a loss for Rock n Roll i'm all in grief R. I. P.

    16 Jan 6:53am Reply
  • wizzxx

    RIP Kim

    16 Jan 1:55am Reply
  • in90sec

    Happy Birthday Kim Fowley, wherever you are...

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • in90sec

    Check out his newest recordings on itunes. "666" "Now" "21st Century Youth", "Death City" "Burning Bones / Grease"

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    totally underrated :)

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • in90sec

    HAPPY HAPPY B DAY 74 - TO A LEGEND > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuXXhTAuxj8

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Eholove

    Ex Sektor Gaza???

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • in90sec

    nobody's been here since for celebrations, awww, happy 73 anyway, on July 21st

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Captain Beefheart is obsolete

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • in90sec

    72yo - damn, what a good shape he's in, still, and what a good life there must of been, in all those flower power days and even before and since (2,826 plays in your (my) library - being raised continuosly) America now = Kim Fowley

    22 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    "i just woke up next to adolf hitler's body... " i love kim fowley !!! happy birthday !(that date is wrong in the bio)

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • musicgodlything

    the avatars of all the shouts here are quite trippy, quite apropos

    9 May 2011 Reply
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