2011 In MemoriamA tribute to Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, Heavy D and other artists we lost this year
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Don Kirshner – January 17th
Don Kirshner is best remembered by a generation of rock fans for the 1970s ABC series Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, but he made his mark behind the scenes in the 1950s and 1960s as the co-owner of Aldon Music – the publishing company that had contracts with Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and many other of the most important songwriters of the era. Kirshner also set the Monkees up with many of their most enduring hits, though the group grew to resent his influence over their work.