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Died On This Date (February 14, 2012) Dory Previn / Renowned Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on February 14, 2012

Dory Previn
October 22, 1925 – February 14, 2012

Dory Previn was an American singer-songwriter and lyricist who counted several Academy Award nominations to her credit.  Beginning in the late ’50s, Previn, along with her then-husband and songwriting partner, Andre Previn, wrote numerous songs for such films as Pepe, Two for the Seesaw, and Valley of the Dolls.  Their songs have been recorded by such music luminaries as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Dionne Warwick, and Sammy Davis, Jr., to name just a handful.  After parting ways with her husband in 1969, Previn launched a successful career as a singer-songwriter.  Over the next decade, she released a half-dozen albums, including 1972’s Reflections in a Mud Puddle, which Newsweek magazine named one of the best albums of the year, while the New York Times lauded it as one of the best singer-songwriters of 1972.   She went on to win two Emmys for music she created for television, and wrote two autobiographies as well as a one-woman play.  Dory Previn passed away on February 14, 2012.  She was 86.

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Died On This Date (January 17, 2011) Don Kirshner / Influential Producer, Publisher & Television Host

Posted by themusicsover on January 17, 2011

Don Kirshner
April 17, 1934 -January 17, 2011

Don Kirshner was a music publisher, producer, songwriter-manager, and television host who rightfully earned the nickname, The Man With The Golden Ear.  His music career began during the ’50s when he and his partner, Al Nevins, launched Aldon Music, a publishing company that included such future superstar talent as Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Neil Sedaka.   Kirshner also owned three successful record labels during the early part of his career.  In the early ’60s, the creators of a new NBC television program enlisted Kirshner to provide songs for that show.  The influential sit-com followed the fictional adventures of an up-and-coming band as it bounced from one loony situation to another while performing catchy pop songs along the way.  The show was called The Monkees, and Kirshner brought songs like “I’m A Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and several others that would become hits that help define the era.  He later helped create an animated version of that same concept with The Archies. Then in 1973, Kirshner became a television star in his own right with the launch of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.  The late night show offered full live performances of songs by current rock stars, making it unique in a time where lip syncing on television was the norm.  For many rock music fans in a pre-MTV, pre-youtube era, it was THE only way to enjoy your favorite bands live.  Along with being executive producer, Kirshner introduced each act in a monotone manner that was later popularly parodied by Paul Shaffer on Saturday Night Live. The show’s premiere episode included the Rolling Stones and and the series continued at that pace hosting the likes of Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Rush, the Eagles, the Ramones, KISS, and Kansas.  It quickly became serious competition for other late night programs like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  The show ran until 1981.  Don Kirshner was 76 when he died of heart failure on January 17, 2011.

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Died On This Date (2009) Allen Klein / Managed the Beatles, Rolling Stones

Posted by themusicsover on July 4, 2010

Allen Klein
December 18, 1931 – July 4, 2009

allan_kleinAllen Klein was a record company executive and powerful artist manager during the 1960s.  Known as a ruthless businessman, many artists benefited from his abilities to get them better record deals and higher royalties.  His client list included Bobby Darin, Herman’s Hermits, Sam Cooke, and most famously, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.   His relationships with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles would eventually sour, ending in lawsuits. Some Beatles fans reportedly blamed tensions caused by Allen for driving the band apart.  Allen Klein died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 77.

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Died On This Date (March 15, 2009) Jack Lawrence / Wrote Many Early Pop Hits

Posted by themusicsover on March 15, 2010

Jack Lawrence
April 7, 1912 – March 15, 2009

jack1Jack Lawrence was a noted songwriter whose penned songs that have been nominated for Academy Awards and have been made into hits by the likes of the Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.  On March 15, 2009, Jack Lawrence died as a result of an earlier fall.  He was 96.

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Died On This Date (December 29, 1980) Tim Hardin / Popular American Folk Singer

Posted by themusicsover on December 29, 2009

Tim Hardin
December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980

tim-hardinTim Hardin was an American folk singer and songwriter who is best remembered for his “If I Were a Carpenter” and “Reason to Believe.”  After serving a tour of duty as a marine in Vietnam, Hardin moved to New York City where he became immersed in the local folk scene.  In 1963, he moved to Boston where he was signed to a recording contract with Columbia Records.  Unfortunately, Columbia didn’t quite understand what they had in Hardin, so he was dropped from the label before any records were released.  He was soon snapped up by Verve who began releasing a series of albums that are considered milestones of the folk movement.  His songs have been made into hits by the likes of Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Bobby Darin and Robert Plant.  Hardin had been struggling with both stage fright and heroin (which he had been introduced to in Vietnam), so he never was able to fully capitalize on the popularity of his songs due to his lack of consistent touring.  For financial reasons, he had to sell off his songwriting rights during the late ’70s.  On December 29, 1980, Tim Hardin, age 39, died of a heroin and morphine overdose.

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