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Don Kirshner
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    (April 17, 1934-January 17, 2011)
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Song publisher/music producer/manager
    Managed Bobby Darin
    Co-owner of publisher Aldon Music
    Music supervisor for the Monkees and the Archies
    Hosted the syndicated TV series 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert' (1973-80)
    He was fired from the Monkees' project after refusing to let the band write its own songs and ignoring Columbia Records requests to keep a lower profile.
    On 'Rock Concert,' he would introduce acts in a droning monotone while noticeably staring off-camera at the teleprompter.
    After 'Rock Concert' went off the air, he went into seclusion for a couple of decades.
    He filed for bankruptcy after a series of bad business deals (2000).
    He complained about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 'I don't want to sound like sour grapes, but I believe I should have been one of the first three or first five inducted. Seriously. I mean, they've got people in there that I trained, and I'm not in?'
    As a music publisher, he discovered Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Neil Diamond.
    Time magazine dubbed him 'the man with the golden ear.'
    'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert' was one of the few shows in the 70s where you could see rock bands performing live instead of lip-syncing.
    He had a good sense of humor about Paul Shaffer imitating him on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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