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PASSINGS / Harvey Geller

Lyricist and magazine exec

March 20, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Harvey Geller, 86, a lyricist and former vice president and West Coast editor of Cash Box magazine, died March 12 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills after a brief illness, said his daughter, Alix.

During a music career that he began as a song plugger in New York City in the mid-1950s, Geller also worked as a columnist, feature writer, reviewer and sales executive for Billboard magazine and Daily Variety. He served for many years on various selection committees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

As a lyricist, Geller saw his songs recorded by groups such as the Kingston Trio, Brothers Four and River City Ramblers. Among his compositions were "Blue Water Line" and "Charleston Town."

Born in New York City on June 29, 1922, he earned a bachelor's degree in English at New York University and served in the Army during World War II.

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