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Kim Fowley

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Probably one of the most colorful heroes in the history of rock and roll & move, Kim Fowley was, during the period of his decades-long profession, a genuine jack-of-all-trades: vocalist, songwriter, producer, supervisor, disk jockey, promoter, and published poet. He was also the catalyst behind a lot of the pop music to emerge from the LA area through the 1960s and ’70s, guiding many of his affiliates and protégés to popularity and lot of money, while staying himself a shadowy cult number well beyond your margins from the mainstream. The child of acting professional Douglas Fowley (who made an appearance in Singin’ in the torrential rain), Kim Fowley was created July 27, 1942, in L.A., and produced his 1st recordings with drummer Sandy Nelson through the past due ’50s. After dealing with several short-lived groups like the Paradons as well as the Innocents, Fowley discovered his first flavor of achievement by producing the very best 20 strike “Cherry Pie” for schoolmates Gary S. Paxton and Neglect Battin, who performed beneath the name Neglect & Turn. With Battin, Fowley following made the group the Hollywood Argyles, who topped the graphs in 1960 using the novelty smash “Alley Oop.” The duo eventually masterminded Paul Revere & the Raiders’ first strike, “Like Long Locks,” and in 1962 helped start the Rivingtons, credit scoring with the traditional “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow.” Another novelty strike, B. Bumble & the Stingers’ “Nut Rocker,” reached number 1 within the U.K. (and will be included in Emerson, Lake & Palmer), and in 1964 Fowley also began managing promotional tasks for vocalist P.J. Proby; that same calendar year, he also created the lady group smash “Popsicles and Icicles” with the Murmaids. Within the middle-’60s, Fowley became immersed within the LA counterculture, befriending Frank Zappa and his music group the Moms of Invention, and afterwards appearing on the PANIC! LP. A prolific songwriter, he also constructed material recorded with the Byrds, Kitty Stevens, Them, and Kiss, and created famous brands Gene Vincent, Warren Zevon, Soft Machine, and Helen Reddy. Finally, in 1967 Fowley released his own single debut, Love Is certainly Alive and Well, an archive that discovered him carefully aligned using the rose power motion. (Fowley also stated to get staged the very first “love-in” in LA.) Some solo records implemented, including 1968’s suitably entitled Outrageous, 1970’s YOUR DAY the planet earth Stood Still, and 1973’s International Heroes, but non-e garnered the industrial success of therefore a lot of his various other tasks. In 1975, after completing the LP Pet God from the Roads, Fowley came back to his Svengali function by assembling the notorious Runaways, a teenage hard rock and roll female group having a youthful Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie. Designed mainly because equal parts produced novelty and bet for female rock and roll & move domination, the group didn’t sell many information in their unique run but became massively important, and following the unique group splintered, Fowley actually released another Runaways within the ’80s. (Another woman group, the Orchids, was his idea aswell, as had been the Hollywood Celebrities, conceived because the L.A. response to the brand new York Dolls.) Fowley became a mover and shaker in the first times of the LA punk picture, creating another produced band, Venus as well as the Razorblades, and staging “New Influx Evenings” at Hollywood night clubs, among which spawned the first live album in the Bacteria, Germicide. Fowley’s position inside the musical community faded during the period of the following years, though he never really went apart, and in his old age, he caused famous brands Ariel Green and BMX Bandits. He continuing documenting for his little but passionate cult following, especially with 1980’s Hollywood Private, 1993’s Hotel Sleeping disorders, and 1995’s Kings of Sunday Night (a cooperation with Ben Vaughn), in addition to two albums having a revolving solid of Detroit-based music artists, Michigan Babylon and Detroit Invasion. Fowley also partnered with Norton Information to release many selections of rarities from his catalog, and their associated publishing home Kicks Books released a assortment of his writings, Lord of Garbage. Fowley passed away on January 15, 2015 in Western Hollywood, California following a struggle with bladder malignancy; he was 75 yrs . old.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kim Fowley
Died January 15, 2015, West Hollywood, California, United States
Profession Singer, Film director, Music Producer, Songwriter, Voice Actor, Impresario, Film Score Composer
Education University High School
Nationality American
Spouse Kara Wright, Cynthia Helen Wheelon
Parents Douglas Fowley, Shelby Payne
Siblings Gretchen Fowley
Music Songs Alley-Oop, Animal Man, International Heroes, I'm Bad, Bubble Gum, I Hate You, Inner Space Discovery, Barefoot Country Boy, Strangers From the Sky, Big Bad Cadillac, Is America Dead?, Ugly Stories About Rock Stars and the War, They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!, California Swamp Dance, Born to Make You Cry, So Good Wish You Would, California Summertime, Underground Lady, Death City, Let the Madness In, California Hayride, Let's Get Blasted, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Caught in the Middle, 21st Century Youth, Good Clean Fun, E.S.P. Reader, Night of the Hunter, Living in the Streets, Nightrider, Dancing All Night, Invasion of the Polaroid People
Albums Animal God of the Streets, Outrageous, Snake Document Masquerade, Love Is Alive and Well, International Heroes, Michigan Babylon, Animal God of the Street, Living in the Streets, Son of Frankenstein, White Negroes in Deutschland, Good Clean Fun, West Coast Revelation, I'm Bad, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Born to Be Wild, The Trip of a Lifetime, Fantasy World, 21st Century Youth, Automatic, Sunset Boulevard, Death City, Let the Madness In, One Man's Garbage, Another Man's Gold, Outlaw Superman, King of the Creeps: Lost Treasures from the Vaults 1959-1969, Vol. 3, Technicolor Grease: Lost Treasures from the Vaults 1959-1969, Vol. 4, Lipstick Lesbians, Bad News From the Underworld
Movies Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, From Straight to Bizarre: Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA's Lunatic Fringe, The Second Coming Volume 1, The Charms: Easy Trouble, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960s


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#Fact
1 Attended and graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, California.
2 Manager of the all-female rock group The Runaways.
3 Is portrayed by Michael Shannon in The Runaways (2010).
4 Prolific record producer, songwriter and performer since the early 1960s.
5 Son of actor/director Douglas Fowley and actress Shelby Payne
6 Stepson of William Friml and stepnephew of Rudolf Friml Jr..
7 Stepgrandson of composer Rudolf Friml.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manson's Lost Girls 2016 TV Movie performer: "The Trip" / writer: "The Trip"
Girl in a Band 2015 TV Movie documentary writer: "Cherry Bomb", "School Days" - uncredited
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 writer: "Cherry Bomb"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Warehouse 13 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
True Blood 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Californication 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 2010 Video Game writer: "Cherry Bomb"
90210 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Runaways 2010 writer: "I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are", "Hollywood", "Cherry Bomb", "California Paradise", "Dead End Justice", "School Days", "Secrets"
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball 2010 Video writer: "Cherry Bomb"
100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs 2008 TV Movie writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Paul Stanley: One Live Kiss 2008 Video documentary writer: "Do You Love Me"
RocknRolla 2008 performer: "The Trip" / writer: "The Trip" - as Fowley
KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-1991 2007 Video documentary writer: "King of the Night Time World" - as K. Fowley
The O.C. 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
RV 2006 writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Efter brylluppet 2006 writer: "I'm Leaving You"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story 2005 Documentary writer: "Do You Love Me"
Real Wild Child: Joan Jett Music Video Anthology 2003 Video writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary performer: "They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha"
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: Live! 2001 Video writer: "Cherry Bomb"
The Fluffer 2001 writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Margaret Cho: I'm the One That I Want 2000 TV Special documentary writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Big Momma's House 2000 writer: "Nut Rocker" - as Kim V. Fowley
Freaks and Geeks 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Detroit Rock City 1999 writer: "School Days"
KISS Live: The Ultimate Halloween Party 1998 TV Movie writer: "Do You Love Me", "King of the Night Time World"
Southie 1998 writer: "Cherry Bomb"
The Butcher Boy 1997 writer: "NUTROCKER"
Unplugged 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Young Poisoner's Handbook 1995 writer: "Nut Rocker"
Dazed and Confused 1993 writer: "Cherry Bomb"
Heartbeat 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Puberty Blues 1981 writer: "Lipstick and Leather"
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1977 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Runaways Live in Japan 1977 TV Movie writer: "California Paradise", "Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin", "I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are", "Cherry Bomb", "American Nights", "Secrets", "Blackmail", "Is It Day or Night"
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 TV Special writer: "King of the Night Time World" - uncredited
Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway 1976 TV Movie lyrics: "Cherry Bomb" / music: "Cherry Bomb"
Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare 1975 writer: "Escape"
Alice Cooper: The Nightmare 1975 TV Movie writer: "Escape"
American Graffiti 1973 producer: "At The Hop", "She's So Fine", "Louie Louie"
Ciao Manhattan 1972 writer: "Citizen Kane"
Cisco Pike 1972 writer: "Michoacan" - as K. Fowley

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Graffiti 1973 music producer / music recorded for the film

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Second Coming 2015 Kim

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary photos: still photographs by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deadly Punkettes 2014 inspiration
Easy Trouble 2006 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Guys Who Wrote 'Em 2014 Documentary completed voice
Deathbed Salesman: My conversation with Kim Fowley 2013 Documentary short completed
The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard 2014 Documentary Himself
The Clinger Sisters: The First Girls of Rock & Roll 2013 Documentary Himself
Talkin' Trash 2013 TV Series Himself
Tracks 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Planet Rocke with Taylor Locke 2012 TV Series Himself
Sunset Strip 2012 Documentary Himself
M-ON! Monthly Icon: L'Arc-en-Ciel 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Metal Evolution 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Going to Whatstock? 2008 Documentary Herself
Psychedelic Revolution '67 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Edgeplay 2004 Documentary Himself
The Van Halen Story: The Early Years 2003 Video documentary Himself - Promoter & Songwriter
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself - Record Producer
VH1 Rock Show 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Pop Odyssee 1 - Die Beach Boys und der Satan 1997 TV Movie Himself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1977 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Easy Trouble 2006 Video documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 The real story on me was that a Dorothy Lamour lookalike had sex with an Errol Flynn lookalike and they gave birth to a Boris Karloff lookalike. And I was smarter than they were but I was less pretty.


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