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R.I.P. P.F. Sloan: Legendary “Eve Of Destruction” Singer Passes Away

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Stereo Embers has learned that legendary singer/songwriter P.F. Sloan has died.

He was 70.

Sloan died last night (Nov 15) at his Los Angeles home.

The musician was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only several weeks ago.

Born Philip Gary Schlein in New York City to an American father and a Romanian mother, Sloan had a chance meeting with Elvis Presley while buying a guitar. Presley generously gave the young musician a few tips and the rest is history.

He wrote, produced and sang countless hit singles for everyone from Jan & Dean, Herman’s Hermits and The Grass Roots.

He’s best known for writing “Eve of Destruction” as well as “Secret Agent Man” but he also penned “Things I Should Have Said” as well as “Another Day, Another Heartache.”

Although Sloan was largely absent from the music scene for the last few decades, he re-emerged in 2005 with the Jon Tiven-produced album Sailover. A winning return to form, the album featured guest appearances by Frank Black, Buddy Miller and Lucinda Williams.

Sloan’s autobiography (written with S.E. Feinberg) What’s Exactly The Matter With Me? is an essential and riveting read.

His last album My Beethoven came out in 2014.