Kim Fowley, the Los Angeles record producer responsible for The Runaways, has died at age 75 after undergoing treatments for bladder cancer, Billboard reported Thursday night.
Fowley began his career in music in the late 1950s, producing for bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders. He would also go on to work with KISS, Alice Cooper, The Byrds, Van Halen, Manfred Mann, Soft Machine, Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson and The Murmaids. He also released solo albums of his own throughout the '60s and '70s.
Fowley was the man to introduce Joan Jett to her first band, the teen girl group The Runaways. He co-wrote their song "Cherry Bomb," among others, but, as documented in the 2010 film "The Runaways," where Michael Shannon played him, the band split with Fowley within two years due his pushy tactics to market their sexuality and aggressive sound. In 2008, lead singer Cherie Currie reached out to Fowley to reconcile and cared for him as he went through treatments. Even during his illness, he continued to work, helping Ariel Pink write tracks for his 2014 album pom pom (an LP we thought should've gone platinum).
In a Facebook post, Currie says they were working on an album together -- his last -- and that she's "so glad it's mine."
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