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‘Secret Agent Man’ Songwriter P.F. Sloan Dead At 70

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Songwriter P.F. Sloan, best known for writing timeless smashes for the Turtles, Johnny Rivers, the Grass Roots, and Barry McGuire, died on Sunday (November 15th) at age 70 of pancreatic cancer, according to Sloan, who was only recently diagnosed with the disease was born Philip Gary Schlein in New York City and was literally all over mid-’60s Top 40 radio; performing as a guitarist in the famed “Wrecking Crew” group of musicians, and writing such hits as Barry McGuire’s legendary folk rock masterpiece “Eve Of Destruction,” Johnny Rivers’ 1966 Top Three hit “Secret Agent Man,” and the Turtles’ Top 20 hit “You Baby.”

Sloan was actually deputized by Jan Berry to supply the falsetto — rather than partner Dean Torrence — on Jan & Dean’s 1964 classic “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.” Sloan and collaborator Steve Barri produced the Grass Roots’ 1967 Top Ten hit “Let’s Live For Today.”

Sloan has stayed on the fringes of the music business in recent years, staging a comeback of sorts in 2014 with the release of his latest album, My Beethoven, along with a memoir, titled, What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?

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