American record producer, composer, and music manager most recognized for his work as a producer and manager of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Ron Haffkine Died at the age of 84.
Haffkine died Sunday at his home in Mexico after a brief bout with leukemia and kidney failure, his friend of 50 years, music executive Joel Diamond, told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Ron always had an uncanny knack of hearing a hit song in its rawest stage and the rare talent to couple it with the best musicians and then top it off with a meticulous performance by the artist,” Diamond noted.
most recognized for his work as a producer and manager of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, an American rock band, producing hit singles including “Sylvia’s Mother”, “The Cover of Rolling Stone”, “Sharing the Night Together”, “A Little Bit More” and “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” and achieving 67 Gold and Platinum records.
Haffkine produced 10 Dr. Hook studio albums and two live albums and worked with the likes of Waylon Jennings, Lou Rawls, Mac Davis and Helen Reddy, too.
Haffkine also often collaborated with singer, songwriter and poet Shel Silverstein. He won a Grammy Award in 1985 for producing Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and received another Grammy nom two years later for his work on another Silverstein children’s album, “A Light in the Attic.”
Ron Haffkine, Dr. Hook’s Manager and Producer, Died at 84
Ron Haffkine, Dr. Hook Producer and Manager, Dies at 84 https://t.co/JV4VsmsXwa— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 6, 2023