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Wednesday 19 January 2011 @ 15:36 - GMT

A legendary rock impresario died Monday of heart failure.

Don Kirshner, who was 76, was responsible for publishing material from artists such as Neil Sedaka and Carole King, while with Aldon, which he owned with Al Nevins.

The Bronx native then became known for assembling two of the most famous "insta-pop groups" in history: the Monkees and the Archies.

Kirshner later hosted a TV show which ran on ABC from 1973 through 1981. Don Kirschner's Rock Concert featured performances from many top acts: They included Elton and Kiki Dee as well as Lou Reed, Queen and the Guess Who. 

Don began his career writing jingles in the mid-1950s; in 2007, he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Kirshner, who was living in Florida at the time of his death, never retired. He was the Creative Officer at ROCKRENA, a company he helped shape with noted entrepreneur Jack Wishna.

In a message to staffers, Wishna called his colleague "one of rock and roll's greatest treasures" and noted that he was "a giant among his contemporaries" who was "unwavering in his commitment to talent and excellence."

Don is survived by Sheila, his wife of 50 years, as well as two children and five grandchildren.

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