Published Jan 15, 2015Iconic producer, songwriter and music industry insider Kim Fowley has passed away following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.
The Los Angeles resident rose to prominence in the early '60s, producing hits like "Alley Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles, "Like, Long Hair" by Paul Revere and the Raiders, and "Popsicles and Icicles" by the Murmaids. He also wrote the instrumental hit "Nut Rocker" for B. Bumble and the Stingers.
Subsequently, over the course of his career, he worked with a lengthy list of stars including Warren Zevon, Cat Stevens, KISS, Alice Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Gene Vincent, the Byrds, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers and many more.
Perhaps his greatest legacy was helping to assemble Joan Jett's band the Runaways in the mid-'70s. He produced their music and helped write songs before splitting with the group a couple of years later.
Fowley battled cancer for several years, but remained active from the confines of his hospital room, working with Ariel Pink on last year's pom pom.