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He wasn't the snappiest dresser, nor was he the smoothest talker or even the most clever negotiator, but Don Kirshner was quite possibly one of the ten most successful and wealthiest men in the entertainment industry for much of the '60s and '70s. The latter two artists played a large part in the success of another Kirshner creation, the pop group the Monkees. In the late '50s he made his first foray into the music industry as Connie Francis ' manager.
Both his songs and business suavity helped the torch singer go from a nobody to a hit artist. Sensing there were too many groups and too few quality songs to record, Kirshneralong with Al Nevinsformed a publishing house called Aldon Music, and gathered together all the best young writers in New York. It was the old case of being in the right place at the right time and, though all involved were relatively unknown at the time, they would all go on to be giants in the industry. Setting up shop in the Brill Building, Kirshner 's staff of writers churned out hit song after hit song for such groups as the Driftersthe Ronettesthe Crystalsand the Shangri-Lasupping the standard of songwriting significantly in the process.
To cut out the middle man, and thereby rake in more dough, Kirshner also set up his own label, Dimension Records, to release his writers' songs. By the time Columbia bought Aldon Music, Kirshner was rich enough to retire, yet he stayed on at Columbia, becoming president of Screen Gems, the prestigious song publishing wing of Columbia Pictures.
Inthe enterprising Kirshner embarked on the second stage of his professional career when he developed America's answer to the Beatles. The kids loved it. And so did Columbia when they received the royalty checks Aint Got No - I Got Life - Don Kirshner* - Don Kirshner Cuts Hair the Monkees ' hits.
Hiring the best writers on the West Coast like he had done in New York, Kirshner assembled a creative team that was second to none. Better yet, the show promoted the songs and vice versa. For the next three years the Monkees scored hit after hit with such songs as "Daydream Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville," all published on the Kirshner -controlled Screen Gems, of course.
By then a music and TV mogul, Kirshner formed the aptly named Kirshner Records as a vehicle for Kansasthe new band he signed. As with everything the exec had been involved with, Kansas became a top-rated group, if not critically, then commercially. With the advent of MTV and the changing landscape of popular music, Kirshner The Most Beautiful Girl - Engelbert Humperdinck - Greatest Love Songs remained in the woodwork for much of the next several decades.
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