(from thedarkstuff.com) Influential song publisher, record producer and television host Don Kirshner has died. Kirshner is, perhaps, best known as the guy who provided the early Monkees' songs. He was hired by the producers of the Monkees television show to find songs that the band could pretend to perform on the show.
In the 1970s, Kirshner became known for the late night music show, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. The show was unlike anything else on TV in the early 70s and featured the top rock bands of the era performing live, and doing multiple songs.
Kirshner was 76. Here is a video of Black Sabbath performing on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1975.