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Rock Producer Called 'The Man With The Golden Ear,' Who Had Influence On Stars and Groups from Carole King to The Monkees to Kansas, Dies at 76 AP

The rock producer, concert promoter and television star who was once called by Time magazine the "Man With the Golden Ear"  has died in Florida at the age of 76, the AP reported.

It's Don Krishner. He died in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had been hospitalized for an infection.

In 1972 he created and hosted the late-night concert show "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert," which rising stars including Billy Joel and The Police used as a launching pad.

Time magazine called him the "Man With the Golden Ear" for his ability to pair performers with hit songs. Working first out of the famed Brill Building in New York, he was known for jump-starting careers in music.

Among the stars he helped launch were Carole King, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, The Monkees, the Archies adn Kansas.