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P.F. Sloan (born Philip Gary Schlein, September 18, 1945, in New York) is an American pop-rock singer and songwriter. He was very successful during the mid-1960s, writing, performing and producing Billboard top 20 hits for artists such as Barry McGuire, Jan & Dean, Herman’s Hermits, Johnny Rivers, The Grass Roots and The Mamas & the Papas. Amongst his best-known songs is “Eve of Destruction”, a hit for Barry McGuire in 1965

Sloan’s family moved to West Hollywood, California in 1957. Sloan made a single, “All I Want Is Loving,” for the R&B label Aladdin Records, which folded soon after its release. He became part of the burgeoning Los Angeles music scene, landing a job on the songwriting staff at startup label Dunhill Records. Using the name Phil F. Sloan or P.F. Sloan, he wrote hits for many performers. His “Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann” was done by a Watts, California performer named Round Robin and given an arrangement by Jack Nitzsche. He wrote “Eve of Destruction,” recorded by Barry McGuire; “You Baby” by The Turtles; and “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers. The last was the theme tune for Secret Agent, a British TV series that had been given a new title and theme for the U.S. market. (In Britain it was Danger Man). Sloan also wrote, sang and produced songs for The Grass Roots, Jan and Dean, and various others along with his then writing and production partner Steve Barri.

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