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R.I.P. Kim Fowley, record producer and Runaways manager dead at 75

on January 15, 2015, 9:11pm

Legendary producer and songwriter Kim Fowley has died following a bout with bladder cancer. He was 75 years old.

Fowley was involved in the music business since the 1960s, producing everything from novelty songs like The Hollywood Argyles’ “Alley Oop” to rock instrumental Paul Revere and the Raiders’ “Like, Long Hair”. Over the course of his long career, he wrote and/or produced songs for the likes of KISS, Alice Cooper, The Byrds, Van Halen, Manfred Mann, Soft Machine, and The Murmaids,

In 1975, Fowley introduced Joan Jett to Sandy West, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, and Jackie Fox, helping to unite them as The Runaways. He also produced and wrote lyrics for the band’s albums before parting ways in 1977, as the band members became tired of his verbal attacks and harsh methods.

When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Currie reached out to Fowley and the two reconciled. They had been working on a new album together and, for the past year, Fowley had lived at Currie’s while she cared for him during his battle with the disease.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that he continued his work even as he was hospitalized, writing numerous tracks for Ariel Pink’s latest album, pom pom. Below, listen to a selection of songs from his legacy.

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