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Don Kirshner Timeline

1934

Don Kirshner is born in The Bronx, New York.

1958

Don Kirshner and Al Nevins found Aldon Music, a New York-based music publisher with offices at 1650 Broadway.

1961

“Where the Boys Are,” by Connie Francis – penned by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield and published by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins’ Aldon Music – enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #4.

1961

“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” by the Shirelles - penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and published by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins’ Aldon Music – tops the pop chart for first of two weeks.

1962

“Up On the Roof,” by the Drifters – penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and published by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins’ Aldon Music – enters the Hot 100, where it will peak at #5.

1963

Don Kirshner and Al Nevins sell Aldon Music and its catalog of songs to Columbia Pictures and its Screen Gems Music subsidiary for $2 million. Kirshner is made music director of Screen Gems.

1965

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” by the Righteous Brothers – written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector, and published by Screen Gems, headed by Don Kirshner – tops the pop chart for the first of two weeks.

1966

“I’m a Believer,” by the Monkees – written by Neil Diamond and selected for the Monkees by musical director Don Kirshner – tops the pop chart for the first of seven weeks.

1969

“Sugar Sugar,” by the Archies – a fictitious group created by music publisher and producer Don Kirshner – tops the pop chart for the first of four weeks.

1972

Don Kirshner is hired as executive producer and consultant for ABC’s In Concert TV show, which airs every other week.

1973

Don Kirshner signs Kansas to his Kirshner Records label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records.

1973

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, a syndicated weekly live-music show created and hosted by the music-industry mogul, debuts with a performance by the Rolling Stones.

1981

After 230 episodes, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert ends its eight-year run in the same year that MTV is launched.

2007

Don Kirshner is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City.

2011

Don Kirshner dies of heart failure in Boca Raton, Florida. He is seventy-six years old.

2012

Don Kirshner is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 27th annual induction dinner. Carole King is his presenter.