Rockcityclub.com Announces That Legendary Music Impresario and Star Maker DON KIRSHNER Will Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012
LAS VEGAS, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Legendary and iconic music impresario Don Kirshner, who passed away on January 17, 2011, was posthumously selected today for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Don Kirshner will receive The Ahmet Ertegun Award, a non-performer classification that in the past has been awarded to Clive Davis, Berry Gordy Jr. and David Geffen.
Kirshner was the Chief Creative Officer at ROCKRENA, the parent company of rockcityclub.com at the time of his death, a company he helped shape with noted entrepreneur and promoter Jack Wishna and the legendary performer Michael Jackson.
Jack Wishna, CEO of Rockrena, called Kirshner “one of Rock and Roll’s greatest treasures” and noted that he was a “giant among his contemporaries, unwavering in his commitment to talent and excellence.”
“While we will miss him and his quick wit and infectious laugh, his footprint on rockcityclub.com and the world of music will remain forever. We are so happy for his wife Sheila and his family that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes our friend and partner with this incredible honor,” Wishna added
A widely respected music icon, Don Kirshner is synonymous with Rock and Roll, having started the careers of more Rock and Roll bands and vocalists then anyone on the planet. Don Kirshner was named by Time Magazine “The Man With The Golden Ear.”
Don Kirshner promoted, discovered, or produced Olivia Newton-John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Phil Collins, Abba, Heart, Queen, Kiss, Cher, Elton John, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Who.
“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” ran for ten years on ABC and featured for the first time artists that Kirshner helped launch, such as Prince, Ozzy Osbourne, Lionel Richie and The Eagles, among others. “Perhaps Kirshner’s most formidable asset was a discerning eye and ear for talent,” added Ron Dante, an early protege of Kirshner and currently Executive Director, Talent Acquisition for rockcityclub.com.
Rockcityclub.com is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Jack Wishna who set the record for the largest entertainment contract in history with Wayne Newton and The Stardust Resort & Casino; brought Michael Jackson back to the U.S. in 2007 from exile to work on his career; worked on the careers of Britney Spears and Madonna; and was instrumental in creating the Trump International Hotel & Towers Las Vegas with Donald Trump. The established team of industry veterans behind rockcityclub.com also includes: Co-Founders Brian Silver and Ofek Hayon; Mike Dann, previously the Head of Programming at CBS Television; Stacy Haitsuka, Founder of the NETZERO company; Nyhl Henson, Founder, CMT, Nickelodeon, MTV; and software pioneer Chris Murray.
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