Bernard Alfred Nitzsche, 22 April 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 25 August 2000, Hollywood, California, USA. Nitzsche was raised on a farm near Newaygo, Michigan, but moved to Los Angeles in 1955 to pursue a career as a jazz saxophonist. His long career in pop music began in the late 50s when he joined a cabal of young, Los Angeles-based, aspiring entrepreneurs including Lee Hazlewood, Lou Adler and Nik Venet. He became acquainted with Sonny Bono, then head of A&R at Specialty Records, who employed him as a music copyist. While at Specialty Nitzsche wrote the novelty hit Bongo Bongo Bongo for Preston Epps, and co-authored, with Bono, Needles And Pins, later an international hit for the Searchers. In the early 60s, Nitzsche established his reputation as an arranger through an association with Phil Spector. His contribution to recordings by the Crystals, Ronettes, and Ike And Tina Turner should not be under-emphasized, while a similar...
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