“The complete freedom to put this package together, for better or for worse stamped me then and is still with me today,” Fornatale said in 2001.
In recent years, he also became a rock historian.
He and his son worked together on a book celebrating the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary that they finished just before Fornatale’s death, titled “50 Licks,” to be published later this year or in early 2013. The DJ also wrote “Bookends,” the story of the Simon & Garfunkel album by that title.
Fornatale leaves three sons, including Mark and Steven, and his former wife, Susan Fornatale, all of New York.
The funeral will be private, but a tribute concert is planned for a date to be set.
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