One of the greatest songwriters / producers who came to prominence during the 1960’s was BERT BERNS. As songwriter, he was responsible for such eclectic tunes as “Twist & Shout,” “Piece Of My Heart,” and legions of hits recorded by The Jarmels, The Exciters, Solomon Burke, etc. And as producer, by 1964, Berns excelled to top of the charts with “Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters. Then, in 1965 he formed his own label, Bang Records, which out of the gate saw success with The Mc Coys, The Strangeloves, Neil Diamond, and in 1967, signing former member of Them, Van Morrison, resulting in his smash “Brown Eyed Girl.” Unfortunately, Bert Berns died shortly after, at age 38, on December 30, 1967.
In 2016, a documentary entitled “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” was released, check out the trailer here: