LARRY KOLBER

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    - Steve Owen

KOLBER--Larry,

the multi- talented songwriter who wrote the lyrics for multiple top 40 pop and country hits has passed away, after a short illness. He was 84. Mr. Kolber wrote the lyrics for I Love How You Love Me with his collaborator, Barry Mann, penning the music. It was a 1961 Top Five hit for the pop girl group the Paris Sisters, which inaugurated a string of elaborately produced classic hits by Phil Spector. Bobby Vinton had a Top Ten hit in 1968 with a cover version. The song, written for his wife Arline, is a true romantic standard and has been recorded by many other artists over the years, including Glen Campbell, Lynn Anderson, Bryan Ferry, Jerry Vale and Cher and has exceeded two million radio plays. He also collaborated with Mann for the 1962 Dickie Lee hit, Patches, which peaked, on the Billboard Hot 100, at number six. Mr. Kolber was part of the original "stable" of songwriters hired by Don Kirshner and Al Nevins, at Aldon Music. Mr. Kolber's talents also extended into country music. In May 1965, Yes Mr. Peters, co-written with Steve Karliski and recorded by Roy Drusky and Priscilla Mitchell, reached number one on Billboard's Hot Country Singles Chart. Other hits included Forget Me Not (1958, The Kalin Twins), The Yellow Bandana (1963, Faron Young) and Custody (1969, Hank Williams Jr.). Mr. Kolber was born on January 22, 1931 in The Bronx, New York to Edna and Edward J. Kolber. He graduated from NYU in 1953. Upon entering the army, Mr. Kolber was selected for the prestigious position of staff reporter for the army newspaper Stars & Stripes. While writing for "Stripes" Mr. Kolber traveled through Europe covering army sports leagues as well as other european sporting events. In addition to his song and sports writing, Mr. Kolber spent more then 25 years in the liquor industry ascending to upper management in national sales for 21 Brands Inc. Above all else, Mr. Kolber was a devoted family man. He is survived by his beloved wife, Arline. The couple were wed in October of 1957 and were happily married and devoted to each other for 59 years. He is also survived by his children, Karen Kolber Robinson and her husband William and Perry Kolber and his wife Chantal. Mr. Kolber's grandchildren, Daniel Robinson (27), Emma Robinson (23) and Edward (E.J.) Kolber, (15) were the light of his life and were blessed to be able to spend quality time (with him) during his final years. Mr. Kolber is also survived by his younger brother Monroe Kolber. At the request of the deceased, no funeral or memorial services are planned.

Published in The New York Times on June 7, 2015
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