Runaways producer and svengali died yesterday aged 75
Fowley was the legendary manager and music producer behind the Runaways. He died aged 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer.
Ariel Pink worked with Fowley on his own album ‘Pom Pom’ in 2014 and tweeted his feelings upon hearing the news. “No words. prayers go out to his wife, kara. his music, life, and spirit will continue to be an inspiration,” he wrote.
Sky Ferreira also spoke fondly of Fowley, who was a friend and collaborator. “I’m super bummed about the one & only Kim Fowley. He was the first person I almost worked with when I was 14 & he had green hair.”
Other artists who have paid tribute to Fowley in the hours since his death include The Twlight Sad, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, Har Mar Superstar, No Age and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. Scroll down to see a full collection of the best tributes and messages.
Fowley rose to prominence in the ’60s after working with several big name acts including Gene Vincent, KISS, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.
Fowley famously recruited the Runaways in 1975 by placing an advertisement in Los Angeles fanzine Who Put the Bomp, and ended up producing the band’s 1976 self-titled debut album and co-wroting their biggest hit ‘Cherry Bomb’. The producer parted with the group in 1977 over a disagreement.