Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Don Kirshner, the veteran music mogul who shepherded songs from a monstrously talented stable of young writers to the top of the pop charts in the 1960s, launched the career of the Monkees and then became a familiar face to millions of rock fans as impresario of his late-night music TV series in the 1970s, died Monday of heart failure in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had lived for the last decade, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday. He was 76.
In the early days of our families betamax lifestyle, my brother would record lots of late night TV for he and I to watch. As a little kid in elementary school, I got to see SNL, Second City TV, the Kenny Everett Video Show, and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. These were my first exposure to tons of great music and bands I otherwise would not have known about like T Rex, the Clash, Devo, and of course the list goes on and on. I know I still have that old betamax here somewhere... and probably all those old tapes too.