Rock promoter Kirshner dies in Florida at age 76
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Rock promoter Kirshner dies in Florida at age 76

Las Vegas : NV : USA | Jan 19, 2011 at 5:39 AM PST
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DON KIRSHNER DEAD AT 77 R.I.P./FLY LIKE AN EAGLE -STEVE MILLER BAND

A close comrade and business associate stated Rock promoter Don Kirshner, whom Time magazine once hailed as the "Man With the Golden Ear," passed away Monday in a Florida hospital,. He was 76.

Promoter Jack Wishna told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Kirshner was in a hospital in Boca Raton being take care of for an infection.

Wishna stated, "Donny Kirshner would take a kid off the street, carry him up to his workplace in the Brill Building and turn him into Neil Diamond, Carole King, James Taylor, on and on. I haven't spoken to anybody in the music business that Donny hasn't discovered, promoted, or touched in some way.

He stated, "I've never seen anyone like this in my life,"

"Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" in 1972 heightened careers of comics counting Billy Crystal, Arsenio Hall and David Letterman. Kirshner was at the rear "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" in 1972, and gave nationalized publicity to musicians counting Billy Joel and The Police.

Shaffer and Kirshner worked together on the short-lived sitcom, A Year at the Top, according to Shaffer's manager. Paul Shaffer, Letterman's musical director, managed to give a deadpan show during his mock of Kirshner on Saturday Night Live.

Pop singer Tony Orlando, whom Kirshner hired for $50 a week to record demos, stated his guru was like the Thomas Edison of music.

Orlando told AP, "Every dream I ever had as a kid, he was my genie."

Orlando stated Kirshner was accountable for a lot of careers, "it would make your head spin."

Orlando stated, "This was not just a song guy, this was a man who shaped the foundations of American pop music as we identify it today. Lacking Donny Kirshner, the music we identify of today would not be the same. He was a game-changer, and I enlighten you that I and my family experience this vast loss for this man."

There was no phone number listed for a Don Kirshner in Boca Raton.

The show also presented musicians Kirshner assisted to unleash counting Prince, The Eagles, Lionel Richie and Ozzy Osborne.

More than 160 of its tenants were in the music industry by the early 1960s, according to New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Brill Building was a hit factory prominent for magnetizing songwriters, agents and others as tenants.

Wishna stated Kirshner was a guru who knew the art of discovering talent and cared about the artists he worked with.

Wishna stated, "He was a father to these people even though some of them were three or four years younger than him."

Wishna stated Kirshner lead the way and developed a system for singer-songwriters to divide up in the earnings of selling music.

Howard Kramer, curatorial director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, stated Kirshner will be mainly reminisced for "fostering and raising an early, extraordinary amount of artists, generally songwriters, and also a television founder for bringing live rock 'n' roll to television."

Kirshner furthermore controls three labels, Kirshner Records, Colgems Records and Dimension Records.

Before he passed away, Kirshner was chief creative officer of Rockrena, a corporation debuting this year to discover and encourage talent online.

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