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Terry Kirkman, one of the founding members of the 1960s folk-rock band the Association, has died at the age of 83. His passing was confirmed through an announcement on the Association’s official Facebook page, where they expressed their sadness and honored his memory.
Terry Kirkman was born on December 12, 1939, in Salina, Kansas. In 1965, he co-founded the Association in Los Angeles with fellow musicians, and the group became known for their intricate vocal harmonies. The Association released their debut album, “And Then… Along Comes the Association,” in 1966, featuring hits like “Cherish” and “Along Comes Mary.” They continued to release albums throughout their career, including “Renaissance,” “Insight Out,” “Birthday,” and “Stop Your Motor.”
Kirkman was not only a performer but also a songwriter, contributing songs like “Cherish,” “Everything That Touches You,” “Requiem for the Masses,” and “Six Man Band” to the Association’s repertoire. The band received multiple Grammy Award nominations during their career.
Although Kirkman briefly left the Association in 1972, he returned when the band reformed in 1979 before departing again in 1984. In 2003, he was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame along with other members of the Association.
Terry Kirkman is survived by his wife Heidi, daughter Sasha, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. His contributions to the music industry as a member of the Association and a songwriter will be remembered by fans and fellow musicians alike.