Kim Fowley, the man who brought together Joan Jett and Sandy West to form The Runaways, has died.
Fowley had survived polio in childhood. He attempted a solo career, but it was as producer, writer and general mover-and-shaker that he made his name. He worked with everyone - Lennon, Modern Lovers, Helen Reddy, but The Runaways were his finest hour. After they stopped working together in 1977, Fowley tried to recreate the magic with a number of other acts, but never quite got the formula right in the same way.
More recently, he tried his hand in the movies as well as keeping his hand in the music world.
Clem Burke issued a statement:
"Kim was a great and often misunderstood individual. When Blondie first came to Hollywood Kim was one of the legends we wanted to meet. We did meet him at the Tropicana motel and became friends. I had the privilege of sitting next to Kim at a screening at SXSW of the Runaways film. When it ended, I turned to Kim and told him he was the hero of the film. He seemed happy to hear that."
Fowley had recently been receiving treatment for cancer. He was 75. And he co-wrote this, with Joan Jett: