Don Kirshner took popular music to new heights

Don Kirshner, Ron Dante and Toni Wine, 1963

Goldmine article on recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Don Kirshner.

(Excerpt)
I’ve heard all the arguments related to the inclusion of the late Don Kirshner, who received the Rock Hall’s Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. He wasn’t a singer. He wasn’t a musician. He was the guy who supervised the music for “The Monkees” TV show and created The Archies, for crying out loud. To those who object to his inclusion, these achievements are not considered “real” rock and roll. But to many, Don Kirshner was the man with the golden ear. He was the Don Draper of the music world, heading Aldon Music with his partner, Al Nevins, in New York’s famed Brill Building. The Aldon publishing offices employed a stable of talented songwriting teams: Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield; Carole King and Jerry Goffin; Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; Burt Bacharach and Hal David; Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. At the height of Aldon’s productivity, 18 writers were on the staff, which included the likes of Neil Diamond and Jack Keller. Collectively, this one-of-a-kind talent factory was the soundtrack for much of the late 1950s through the late 1960s.

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Petition: Induct Clay Cole into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Clay Cole was a true pioneer of the rock and roll era. Even for those not fortunate enough to live in an area where his 1960s TV show aired, there’s no denying that Clay was one of those notable non-performers who hosted many of the great performers of the day – not just on television but also on stage and screen. Today, Clay is continuing to host concerts – now oldies concerts – and making personal appearances to promote his fantastic new book. Please click here to sign the petition to induct Clay into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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