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NOTE: On June 18th, 2008, Sony BMG/ Legacy Recordings released the long awaited reissue of Dennis Wilson's masterwork, the acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. Aside from a brief CD release in 1992, this is the first time this album has been widely available to the public since it's first appearance. Included in this release is a second disc packed with previously unreleased material from sessions leading up to a second solo album, tentatively titled BAMBU.

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Klein Obit pt. 2

Mr Klein is survived by his sister Naomi; his longtime companion Iris Keitel; his wife Betty; their three children Robin, Jody and Beth; his son-in-law Dan and daughter-in-law Jennifer; and his four grandchildren, Jeremy, Julian, Jade and Zachary.

A philanthropist of great breadth, he supported many causes including City of Hope, The Painted Turtle, The NYU Dept of Cardiology Lipid Treatment & Research Center, Sloane Kettering Children’s Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association, the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy and the Central Park Medical Unit.

In the music business, Allen Klein was both an icon and an enigma. While he had never sought the spotlight for himself, the company he created became one of the leading independent treasuries of copyrights and master recordings and will continue as a family-run business.

Services for Allen Klein will be held in New York this Tuesday, July 7 at 11:45 AM at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Allen Klein may be made to The Alzheimers Association of New York and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Re: Klein Obit pt. 2

Klein helped Lennon and Ono with their film Imagine, and helped Harrison to organize the Concert for Bangladesh. It was here that his reputation started to unravel. Rather than prearrange matters with UNICEF, Klein waited until after the concert to approach them, leading to questions about the proceeds, and finally a US tax investigation. While a check was cut at the time, additional proceeds meant for UNICEF were frozen in an escrow account until the 1980s. Also, Klein had sided with Harrison in believing Yoko Ono should not perform at the concert, wanting Lennon to appear without her, causing Lennon to cool on Klein. (He later took out his feelings toward Klein in "Steel And Glass," which appeared on his 1974 album Walls and Bridges.) After several suits and countersuits, Klein settled for a final payment of £3.5 million in 1977. In 1978, he was parodied by John Belushi as "Ron Decline" in the TV film All You Need Is Cash (a roman à clef with the Beatles' turned into The Rutles).

Klein and Harrison were not completely finished with each other. While Klein had supported and advised Harrison during the first phase of his "My Sweet Lord" lawsuit, Klein later bought Bright Tunes, the music publishing company that sued Harrison, thus becoming his legal opponent. A judge ruled later that Klein had unfairly switched sides of the lawsuit, and in the end it worked against Klein in court and Harrison ultimately became the owner of "He's So Fine," the song at the heart of the case.

I don't think Klein had alot of friends during this time!

Re: Klein Obit pt. 3

Well, you're not completely nailing it, but you're close... The proceeds were diverted for years so that he could reap the benefits of the accrued interest. No one was ever certain how many lives would have/could have been saved, had the money been rushed there, rather than diverted for the extra shekels the interest provided to him.

However, he wasn't satisfied there; he had his record chain stocked with albums he had written off as cut-outs - 'promotional freebies'. This act got him nailed for tax evasion, and he served federal time on that one.

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