Joan Jett and Others Pay Tribute to Kim Fowley at his Funeral
Despite outlandish reports about Kim Fowley's dying wishes, his funeral turned into a respectful farewell to a figure whose creative vision touched a remarkable number of artists.
The guest list made that clear yesterday, as Fowley -- who died at 75 on Jan. 15 after a battle with bladder cancer -- was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. On hand were newly announced Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who spoke; onetime Power Station frontman Michael Des Barres, who gave the eulogy; '70s pop star Shaun Cassidy; and famous groupie Pamela Des Barres, author of 'I'm With the Band.'
Jett, whose band the Runaways was managed by Fowley, gave a speech that was described as "heartfelt" by Billboard.
Over his long career in music, Fowley co-wrote songs with Kiss and Alice Cooper, oversaw sessions for Warren Zevon and the Modern Lovers (which included future members of the Talking Heads and the Cars) and appeared as a sideman on Frank Zappa's 'Freak Out.' He scored a U.S. No. 1 hit in 1960 with 'Alley Oop,' recording with Gary Paxton as the Hollywood Argyles.
TMZ made a splash earlier this week with a report that Fowley's last wish was to be featured on the cover of Girls and Corpses magazine as the corpse. The magazine's publisher apparently passed.
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