“His musical profession started in 1958 as co-founder of the doo-wop group, The Criterions, with childhood good friend and future Manhattan Switch founder, Tim Hause,” Ragogna mentioned.
West had met Croce whereas each had been college students at Villanova College in 1961.
West and Terry Cashman co-produced three albums for Croce within the early Seventies, which went on to platinum standing. You Don’t Mess Round With Jim, Life and Instances and I Acquired a Identify included the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles “Unhealthy, Unhealthy Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.”
Croce was killed in a airplane crash in Louisiana at age 30 in 1973.
West and Cashman additionally wrote songs for the Partridge Household tv musical sitcom, that includes David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones.
West partnered with Mary Tyler Moore’s MTM Information in Nashville within the Nineteen Eighties to provide for nation artists together with Holly Dunn and Judy Rodman.
In his later profession, West operated his Someplace in New Jersey studio from inside a barn within the northern a part of the state.
He’s survived by his spouse, a daughter and two stepsons.
His funeral can be non-public, his household mentioned.