Recordings: The Money Side of the Street

Six years ago, young Songwriters Charlie Koppelman and Don Rubin were working for a Manhattan music publisher for $25 a week. It wasn't much, but then, as Koppelman says, "We really weren't that good as songwriters." After a while, they prudently turned to publishing other composers' songs, and eventually went on to produce recordings of those songs. Last week, after having turned out a string of 17 gold-record hits (sales of a million copies) by such performers as The Lovin' Spoonful, Bobby Darin and The Turtles, Koppelman, 28, and Rubin, 29, sold out their publishing and production enterprises to...

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