Today the music world mourns the death of legendary music producer and “Man with the Golden Ear”, Don Kirshner who passed away at the age of 76. The famous producer was very well known for his work with both The Monkees and The Archies but most of us Hard Rock fans remember him the best from the program “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”.
Based on my own musical upbringing, I was one of those who fell into the viewership of Don’s “Rock Concerts” and thanks to them would see bands like Rush, KISS, and even Black Sabbath on video for the very first time. Sometimes this was live footage and at others it was lip-synced but back then it was not so much about fooling the audience as it was about entertaining them. These shows pre-dated the MTV medium of course and while they might make you chuckle now, were ahead of their time way back when.
I’ve embedded some YouTube.com clips from my Fave artists below. Enjoy.
First up is Black Sabbath doing “Paranoid” in 1975
Three classics by KISS with “I Want You”, “Hard Luck Woman” and “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” from 1977
Rush doing “Best I Can” from 1974
NYC’s own The Ramones doing “Loudmouth”, “Judy Is A Punk”, “Glad To See You Go” and “Gimme, Gimme Shock Treatment”.
Thanks Don for putting a Rock Concert into the homes of many a music fan for so many years. By doing so you inspired so many of the musical youth to pick up an instrument and learn from that which they saw. You shall be missed.
Check out the background on the show by clicking it’s Wikipedia Entry HERE.