Kim Fowley

Kim Vincent Fowley (born July 21, 1939) is an American record producer, impresario, songwriter, musician, film maker, and radio actor. He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult rock pop singles in the 1960s, and for managing The Runaways in the 1970s. He has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll" and as "a shadowy cult figure well outside the margins of the mainstream." Fowley is the son of the character actor Douglas Fowley and model Timara Pace. Various locations have been cited as his birthplace, including Red Bank, New Jersey and Manila, Philippines. He was, in reality born in Los Angeles, California where he attended University High School at the same time as singers Jan Berry, Dean Torrence, Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Johnston, and actors Ryan O'Neal, James Brolin and Sandra Dee. In 1957 he was hospitalized with polio, but on his release became manager and publicist for a local band, The Sleepwalkers, who included Johnston, drummer Sandy Nelson, and, occasionally, Phil Spector. He spent some time in the armed forces, and by his own account also worked in the sex industry in Los Angeles in the late 1950s.


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