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Thanks Don Kirshner

I woke up to NPR this morning to the announcement that Don Kirshner, the legendary music and television producer, died Monday at the age of 76. As I was waking up the announcer was talking about how Kirshner once said that “I can’t tell you how good my life story is, but the songs will make a great soundtrack.” I was hooked. Who was this guy?

He started his career in the 50’s and 60’s with partner Al Nevins and came on the scene with the discovery and promotion of Bobby Darin. The list of acts he was behind goes on to include Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle. He was instrumental in putting together song writing talent with musicians to create bands such as The Monkees, and The Archies.

Here’s a few songs that Kirshner was a part of:

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The Archies – Sugar Sugar

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The Monkees – I’m A Believer

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Lykke Li – Will You Still Love Me (The Shirelles Cover)
Originally written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin who Kirshner put together, this is a haunting cover of the Shirelles song, “Will You Still Love Me.”