Kim Fowley

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Descriptive "tags": psychedelic garage rock psychedelic rock rock 60s garage nuggets proto-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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21 July 1942, Manila, the Philippines. A prodigious talent, Fowley’s role as a producer, songwriter, recording artist and catalyst proved important to 60s and 70s pop. He recorded with drummer Sandy Nelson during the late 50s and later worked with several short-lived hit groups including the Paradons (‘Diamonds And Pearls’) and the Innocents (‘Honest I Do’). Durable success came from his collaborations with school friends Gary S. Paxton and Skip Battin, who performed as Skip And Flip. Fowley produced ‘Cherry Pie’ (1960), their US Top 20 entry and, with Paxton, created the Hollywood Argyles whose novelty smash, ‘Alley Oop’ (1960) topped the US charts. The pair were also responsible for shaping Paul Revere And The Raiders’ debut hit, ‘Like Long Hair’ and in 1962 they assembled the Rivingtons, whose gloriously nonsensical single, ‘Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow’, was a minor success. That same year Fowley...

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