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The Passing of an Entertainment Veteran

Tuesday 21 June 2011 @ 15:32 - GMT

The producer of the That's What Friends Are For AIDS benefit (which was staged a few years after the single, which included Elton, was released) has died.

Bob Banner was behind the scenes of the concert which raised over $2.5 million and featured That's What Friends Are For as the final song, sung by Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston.

 Banner has been credited with helping shape TV's early years. He worked on programmes starring Carol Burnett, Dinah Shore and Perry Como, and revived Candid Camera, which had started on the radio as Candid Microphone in 1947.

Bob also presaged the American Idol phenomenon with his talent-competition show, Star Search, which began in 1983.

The 89-year-old had suffered from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two grandshildren.