P.F. Sloane: 1945 - 2015
P.F. Sloane was famous mostly for being the composer of Eve Of Destruction. The only other thing I knew about him (until today) was that he had written the Turtles' best song (IMHO), Let Me Be. Let Me Be was their next single after It Ain't Me Babe, and it went nowhere. I had to buy the record just so I could hear it. Maybe that's why it was my favorite of all Turtles' songs; it was about the only song by the Turtles that didn't get played to death on the radio.
Until learning of his death today, I had no idea P.F. Sloane was such a prominent player back in the day. He also composed You Baby by the Turtles, as well as She's a Must To Avoid (recorded by Herman's Hermits) and Secret Agent Man (recorded by Johnny Rivers).
P.F. Sloane was also an accomplished session guitarist in L.A. during this period; he was part of a group of session players called the Wrecking Crew. He was one of the original members of the Grass Roots, and he performed the falsetto vocals in Jan and Dean's Little Old Lady From Pasadena.