Rock producer and promoter DON KIRSHNER has died of heart failure, aged 76.
Kirshner passed away on Monday (17Jan11) at a Florida hospital.
He entered the music business in the 1950s, writing commercial jingles with Splish Splash hitmaker Bobby Darin.
He went on to work behind the scenes with his publishing company Aldon, which published songs by Neil Sedaka and Brill Building songwriting teams including Carole King and Gerry Coffin, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
As a producer, Kirshner also put together songs for the Monkees and the Archies; and he served was the producer and host of U.S. TV show Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert from 1973 to 1981 - which featured appearances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and David Bowie.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.