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KIM FOWLEY BIOGRAPHY

Kim Fowley was not, technically, an I.R.S. artist, but he did one LP for I.R.S. predescessor Illegal Records, hence his inclusion here in the I.R.S. Corner.

Kim Fowley is son of actor Douglas Fowley (featured player in Singin' In The Rain). Embracing music and acting at an early age, Kim Fowley first recorded with drummer Sandy Nelson in the late 1950s. But his first claim to fame came when he created the Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and topped the charts with "Alley Oop," one of pop music's most popular "novelty" tunes. Throughout the 1960s Kim became a counter-culture icon working with the likes of Frank Zappa, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Byrds, Gene Vincent and The Beach Boys.


Sunset Blvd LP Kim Fowley's lone LP for I.R.S. predescessor Illegal Records (left) and a recent publicity shot showing what he looks like (more or less) these days... Kim Fowley today

Mr. Fowley has been active as a songwriter, producer, artist, actor, composer, dealmaker, film scorer, disc jockey, poet and showbiz manager. He has participated in some capacity in the making of no less than 43 gold and platinum records in his half century as a performer and showbiz "mover'n'shaker." He will without a doubt be best remembered as the man who discovered, packaged and perfected a group of rocking females (Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie) into 70's legend and punk rock predescessors The Runaways. Other acts of the 70s he either wrote songs for, managed, discovered or produced include Cat Stevens, Helen Reddy, Warren Zevon, Them, Soft Machine, Blue Oyster Cult, The Orchids and Kiss. In fact, thinking of that silly Kevin Bacon game, one could very well play "Six Degrees of Kim Fowley" and connect virtually everyone in the music business to Mr. Fowley with no more than six degrees of separtion. Try it!

Throughout it all he still continues to produce his own recordings (including a kickass 1995 collaboration with L.A. folk-rocker Ben Vaughn) as well and has a knack for being able to write a song on the spot about any topic in any style. Sadly, none of his own recordings have garnered the success he has brought to many of his cohorts and discoveries. Despite his shadowy persona he has grown to be a music business cult figure of legendary proportions with a small but dedicated fan following.

And that's the story so far...


KIM FOWLEY IRS DISCOGRAPHY

This discography will cover only KIM FOWLEY's recordings for IRS Records. Recordings for other labels, other recordings, solo recordings and guest appearances, may be mentioned in the biography or discography, but details can be found by visiting some of the cool links for KIM FOWLEY, below...

No Kim Fowley material has been released on I.R.S..


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