Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2015
July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015
Photo by Nikki Kreuzer
Kim Fowley was an American producer, musician, singer, songwriter, manager, disc jockey, music publisher, and film maker who is perhaps best remembered for forming and managing the Runaways. And legend has it that he was the one who created the phenomenon of lighting one’s match/lighter at a concert. Born in Los Angeles, Fowley got into the music business during the ’60s, initially producing and publishing novelty hits like “Alley Oop” by the Hollywood Argyles (which was basically just Fowley with mostly anonymous studio musicians) and “Popsicles and Icicles” by the Murmaids. The list of artists he either produce or write/co-write songs reads like a who’s who of ’70s rock and pop. That list includes Gene Vincent, KISS, Warren Zevon, Cat Stevens, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, the Byrds, and Kris Kristofferson. In 1975, he met Joan Jett who was looking to put an all-girl band together. A couple of weeks later, he met Sandy West outside of The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. Fowley gave Jett’s phone number to West, and the Ruaways were born. In 2010, Fowley was portrayed by Michael Shannon in the film, The Runaways. During his final years, he could be heard sharing his vast knowledge of pop music and pop culture via his regular program on Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM. Kim Fowley was 75 when he died of bladder cancer on January 15, 2015.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.
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Posted in Manager, Musician, Producer, Publishing, Rock, Singer, Songwriter | Tagged: Alice Cooper, Cat Stevens, Gene Vincent, Helen Reddy, Joan Jett, Kim Fowley, Kiss, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Shannon, Sandy West, the byrds, The Runaways, Warren Zevon | 2 Comments »
Posted by themusicsover on August 25, 2011
Laurie McAllister (Born Laurie Hoyt)
June 26, 1957 – August 25, 2011
At left with Joan Jett & Lita Ford
Laurie McAllistar was a bassist who is perhaps best remembered for being the last one to play in the influential all-girl rock band, the Runaways. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, McAllister landed in Hollywood where she played in such local punk outfits as the Rave Ons and Baby Roulette. In 1978, McAllister was asked to join the Runaways (replacing Vickie Blue), whose line-up at the time was Joan Jett, Cherie Curie, and Sandy West. She never had the chance to record with the group, but played several gigs before quitting several months later. The Runaways broke up shortly thereafter. McAllister went on to play in another Kim Fowley affiliated all-girl rock band, the Orchids, who released one album on MCA Records in 1980. After the Orchids broke up, McAllister moved to Amsterdam where she lived with Dutch musician and artist, Herman Brood. She became a veterinary technician and eventually settled back in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Laurie McAllister died from complications of asthma on August 25, 2011. She was 57.
Thanks to Bruce Kilgour at Slipped Disc Entertainment for the assist.
Posted in Musician, Punk, Rock | Tagged: Baby Roulette, Cherie Curie, Herman Brood, Joan Jett, Kim Fowley, Laurie Hoyt, Laurie McAllister, Sandy West, The Orchids, The Rave Ons, The Runaways, Vickie Blue | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on May 8, 2010
Neil Bogart (Born Neil Bogatz)
February 3 1943 – May 8, 1982
Neil Bogart is best remembered as co-founder of Casablanca Records, the one time home of such acts as KISS, Angel, Donna Summer, the Village People, Parliament and Cher. Casablanca was one of the labels closely associated with the rise of disco. In the late ’70s, Bogart founded Boardwalk Records which he hoped would be to new wave what Casablanca was to disco. Joan Jett was one of the flagship artists of the label. Bogart died of lymphoma at the age of 39.
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