Songwriter dies at 70: Pf Sloan Dead

Published: November 17, 2015

Songwriter dies at 70: Pf Sloan Dead, P.F. Sloan, the songwriting great behind classic singles like Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” and Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man,” passed away Monday night after a short bout with pancreatic cancer, the musician’s representative confirmed to Rolling Stone. Sloan, who was born Philip Schlein, was 70.

“Phil was a key element on the music that became the sound of the Sunset Strip. Phil was a true prodigy, signing his first record deal with Aladdin Records when he was thirteen,” Sloan’s reps said in a statement. “P.F. Sloan’s ‘Eve Of Destruction’ was an anthem for a generation. It is as relevant now as it ever has been.”

After recording his debut single “All I Want Is Loving” / “Little Girl in the Cabin” for the Aladdin Records label, the still-teenaged Sloan got a job with music publisher Screen Gems, who hired Sloan to work with surf rock duo Jan & Dean; Sloan is heard on that group’s 1964 hit, “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.” Sloan then moved to Dunhill Records, where he penned hits for artists like Herman’s Hermits, the Turtles, the Searchers, the Grass Roots and Barry McGuire.

It was McGuire who was the recipient of Sloan’s most enduring song, “Eve of Destruction,” an ominous, apocalyptic and catchy single that prophesized the anti-war protests and civil rights movement percolating in the United States in the mid-Sixties. Despite its political undertones, “Eve of Destruction” hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

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