May 8, 1982
of Death: Cancer
Memorial; Port of the Patriarchs, private room, basement of mausoleum
Without Neil Bogart there would have been no KISS. He was a visionary who had the tenacity, with a proved track record, to keep on pushing and pushing until America caught up with his and KISS' way of thinking. Then again, without Neil Bogart, the bubblegum pop movement of the late-1960's wouldn't have occurred, nor would disco have been the monster it was for that short era in the late 1970's when Studio 54 ruled the night. This brief section pays tribute to the late founder of Casablanca Records & Filmworks for whom KISS were the first artist signed.
Unfortunately, Neil died from cancer. His death inspired the foundation of the T.J. Martel Foundation for the assistance of cancer stricken children. "Joyce Bogart-Trabulus and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager founded the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund in 1983 in honor of Joyce's late husband, President and owner of Casablanca Records and Filmworks, who died of lymphoma at age 39… Serving as the West Coast division of the T. J. Martell Foundation, the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund established its laboratories at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1984. The Neil Bogart Memorial Laboratories are dedicated to clinical hands-on research for the treatment and cure of these diseases, giving more and more children a chance at life"
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