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Don Kirshner

Induction category: Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement
Presented by: Carole King

Biography

Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement Don Kirshner (music publisher, promoter and producer; born April 17, 1934, died January 17, 2011) Don Kirshner was a music-industry impresario like no other. His various roles included music publisher, music director, record-company executive and TV producer and host. Kirshner protégé Neil Diamond declared, “The music business never had a better supporter.” He started out writing songs and ad jingles with Bobby Darin. In 1958, Kirshner cofounded Aldon Music, the top music publisher of the Brill Building era, with partner Al Nevins. Kirshner had a knack for finding and nurturing talented songwriters and for ...

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