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'Rock' Legend Don Kirshner Dies

1/18/2011 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rock music promoter and producer Don Kirshner died today of heart failure in Boca Raton, Florida.

Don Kirshner Death
Don gave future superstars like The Police and Billy Joel early national exposure -- and also worked with everyone from Carole King and Bobby Darin to Black Sabbath and the Allman Brothers.

In the 70s, he hosted "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" on ABC.

Don was 76.

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ron    

A true legend.

RIP Don Kirshner.

1290 days ago
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NDNchief    

in his honor: ROCK OUT WITH YOUR C O C K OUT ! ! !

1290 days ago
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jxtr    

When I was a small child, I recall my older sister staying up late to watch his show. Sometimes, I would sneak out of bed to watch the show with her. I enjoyed the music from the different bands.

1290 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

I used to watch his show regularly when I was very young. I've grown to appreciate the love he had for music & showcasing new & existing artists. My condolences to his family. Rest in music Don.

1290 days ago
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keepinitrealincali    

I remember watching "Rock Concert", along with "The Midnight Special" when I was a kid. Ahh, the 70s . . . when live music on television was its best! RIP Don, you were a special part of my childhood.

1290 days ago
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tami    

thats too bad and dont forget the RAMONES

1289 days ago
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efnsteve    

Sad indeed. Don was a true legend in the music world. If you are under 40, you probably don't know who he was. Loved the show, he always featured a wide variety of acts, from punk to heavy metal, and pop to jazz. You will be missed Don.

1289 days ago
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Emberley    

Don't forget The Monkees

1288 days ago
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vasyaimmortal    

music blog about rock and metal http://www.muznewz.com/

1286 days ago

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