From Rolling Stone:
Don Kirshner, the music industry impresario who established the Brill Building group of songwriters in the Sixties and later hosted a weekly live music television program called Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, has died at the age of 77.
Kirshner began his career as jingle writer, but eventually found himself working behind the scenes as the head of the publishing company Aldon. At Aldon, Kirshner brought together the group of songwriters — including Neil Sedaka, Carole King, Gerry Coffin, Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond and Laura Nyro — who would become known as the Brill Building.
• Don Kirshner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Kirshner