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Kahn began his music career as a Top 40 radio DJ/announcer and recording engineer. His early music productions include "Loves Me Like A Rock", written by Paul Simon, performed by The Dixie Hummingbirds, and released on ABC Records. In 1974, he was awarded a Grammy for producing that recording. In 1978, he was executive producer of "Hot Shot" by Karen Young, which reached #1 on Billboard Magazine's Top Dance Singles chart. He produced for artists at ABC, Atlantic, CBS, Casablanca, MGM, PolyGram, RCA and Warner Bros.
In 1992, Kahn produced The Movement's single "Jump!", which was released on his L.A.-based Sunshine Records. It reached #1 on Billboard's Top Dance Singles chart and #53 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. The song also went Top 10 in Australia where it spent more than six months on the chart. Kahn entered into a deal with Arista Records in New York to distribute the single and the subsequent album, which he also produced. Kahn's music is heard in more than 20 films and TV shows.
In 1995, Kahn produced "I Wish" by rapper Skee-lo, along with a follow-up album. The single reached the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 and hit #1 on MTV. Kahn was also nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Album" for I Wish.
Kahn died in Clearwater, Florida in June 2013.
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