1960s Producer & Songwriter Bob Feldman’s Death at 83
With deepest sadness, we inform you of songwriter and producer Bob Feldman’s death at the age of 83. He sadly passed away at his home in Florida on August 23, 2023.
“It’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of Bob Feldman, my friend, and legendary songwriting partner, in Grand Canyon Music and FGG Productions – Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Myself,” Richard Gottehrer, Feldman’s close friend, longtime collaborator, and former Strangeloves bandmate, said in a statement.
Richard continued: “As a team, we go back to the 1960s and the Brill Building days, where we wrote and/or produced classics like ‘My Boyfriend’s Back,’ ‘I Want Candy,’ ‘Hang on Sloopy’ and ‘Sorrow,’ which was eventually recorded and became an everlasting hit by David Bowie.
“We were even an ‘Australian’ band that called ourselves The Strangeloves.”
Robert C. Feldman was born on June 14, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York. Feldman was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home.
He briefly studied to become a cantor and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School alongside Neil Sedaka, and was a member of the All-City Choir alongside Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond.
Together with his friend and neighbor Jerry Goldstein, Feldman was a dancer on Alan Freed’s WNEW-TV show The Big Beat, and in 1959 the pair co-wrote a theme song for the show.
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Has Bob Feldman’s Death Cause Been Revealed?
Bob Feldman’s death cause has yet to be revealed. The sad news was announced in a statement from his close friend and musical collaborator Richard Gottehrer.
Robert and Goldstein started writing together, and, as Bob and Jerry, wrote and recorded “We Put the Bomp”, an answer record to Barry Mann’s “Who Put the Bomp”.
In 1962, they met songwriter Richard Gottehrer and formed FGG Productions. He said: “I was the dreamer, Jerry was the schemer and Richie was the voice of reason”.
They wrote several hit singles, including “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels. In 1964, in response to the “British Invasion”, they formed their own band, The Strangeloves, who had hits with “I Want Candy”, “Cara-Lin”, and “Night Time”.
With Gottehrer and Goldstein, Robert co-wrote “Sorrow” –recorded by The McCoys and later a hit for both David Bowie and The Merseys – and “Gonna Make It Alone”, recorded by the Prophets, Dion, and by Ronnie Dio.
The three produced the McCoys’ hit “Hang On Sloopy”. In 1966, Robert and Goldstein moved to California to set up their own office.
They recorded together as the duo Rome & Paris. The songwriter worked as a record producer with Link Wray, The Belmonts, and others.
In the 1990s, Feldman moved to Nashville and co-wrote Dusty Drake’s debut country hit, “And Then” in 2002.
In 2019, Feldman published a book of verse, lyrics, and memoirs, Simply Put!: Thoughts and Feelings from the Heart.
“We were young and inexperienced but learned how to produce by making demos of our songs,” Richard Gottehrer, shared in his statement.
“This led each of us to ongoing active careers in music after we went our separate ways. We remained friends and to this day 60 years later are still partners in those same companies we started back then,” Richard added.
“The memories of the times we shared; the songs we wrote and the adventures that filled our lives remain. Sooner or later we’ll all pass, but the music will live on. Rest in peace, Bob. We’ll meet again,” Gottehrer concluded.
Feldman is survived by his daughters, Kyle and Mahr, and is also the biological father of actor Corey Feldman.
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