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'Eve of Destruction' songwriter P.F. Sloan dies

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P.F. Sloan, a songwriter known for penning tracks like Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” died Sunday evening after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis just weeks ago. He was 70.

Sloan signed his first record deal when he was 13 and went on to write songs for artists including the Turtles and Grass Roots. He also recorded eight albums of his own, the most recent being 2014’s My Beethoven, and published a memoir, What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?, which also came out last year and chronicled his life and music credits.

“Phil was a key element on the music that became the sound of the Sunset Strip,” Howlin’ Wuelf Media said in the statement announcing Sloan’s death. “Phil was a true prodigy … The world has lost one of its great talents.”