’60s Songwriter Bob Feldman Dies at 83
Songwriter and producer of some of the biggest hit songs in the 1960s, Bob Feldman, has passed away. He was 83 years old. His friend and business partner, Richard Gottehrer confirmed the sad news with a statement that talked about his long career.
He shared, “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. 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.”
“We were young and inexperienced but learned how to produce by making demos of our songs; this led each of us to ongoing active careers in music after we went our separate ways,” his statement continued. “We remained friends and to this day 60 years later are still partners in those same companies we started back then. 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.”
Feldman began his career in New York in the ’60s after he started writing songs with his neighbor Goldstein. After meeting Gottehrer, they formed FGG Productions and wrote many hits together. Feldman and Goldstein moved to California in the mid-’60s and even recorded as the duo Rome & Paris for a while. Feldman was also a published author, with his most recent book being his memoir from 2019 called Simply Put! Thoughts and Feelings from the Heart.
Feldman is also the biological father of actor Corey Feldman, although Corey emancipated himself from his parents when he was a teenager. Feldman is survived by two daughters, Kyle and Mahri.