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Don Kirshner, Songwriter and Producer, Dies

ImageSongwriter and rock producer Don Kirshner died of heart failure on Monday at the age of 77 in Boca Raton, Fla. Kirshner wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and managed songwriting talent including Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Howard Greenfield and many others, providing songs for The Monkees' TV program in the 1960's, including "I'm a Believer."

Kirshner's first major success story was the career of fellow Bronx High School of Science alumni Bobby Darin, which Kirshner helped to launch in the 1950's.

Along with partner Al Nevins, Kirshner founded Aldon music and helped to shape the role of the Brill Building - an office building just north of Times Square where some of the biggest hits of the 50's and 60's were written. Aldon was instrumental in the early careers of Sedaka, King, and the Righteous Brothers. By 1962, Aldon had hundreds of hits on the radio penned by a team of 18 writers, the oldest of whom was 26.

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