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Baker Knight

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Perhaps most widely known for penning the Elvis Presley hit “THE SWEETNESS of You,” Baker Knight ranks being among the most prolific songwriters from the rock & roll era, authoring more than one thousand songs in a number of musical idioms. Given birth to Thomas Baker Knight, Jr. in Birmingham, AL, on July 4, 1933, he dropped his dad at age six, and spent a lot of his child years in the treatment of some relatives. After providing three years within the U.S. Air flow Force — where time he discovered to play acoustic guitar — Knight analyzed technical illustration in the University or college of Alabama however in his free time started writing tracks, and in 1956 shaped a rockabilly combo dubbed the Knightmares, putting your signature on to the small Kit label release a “Bop Boogie towards the Blues.” The follow-up, “Bring My Cadillac Back again,” demonstrated a regional strike and was certified for nationwide distribution by Decca before it had been prohibited from radio on the lands it was only a free industrial for Cadillac. Decca following teamed Knight with arranger Ray Ellis for 1957’s “Reelin’ and Rockin’ (Bippin’ and Boppin’ Over You).” The record enticed little attention, so when the same destiny met “Slightly LITTLE MORE” and “Love-A, Love-A, Love-A,” the label terminated his agreement. Knight relocated to Hollywood in 1958 in search of a film profession that didn’t materialize. He even so made fast close friends with rockabilly great Eddie Cochran, and based on legend was also asked to donate to Cochran’s immortal “Summertime Blues,” but dropped asleep and didn’t awake before song was finished. Using Cochran’s partner, the songwriter Sharon Sheeley, Knight started peddling his have original compositions, in the beginning hoping to curiosity the Everly Brothers in his evocative ballad “Lonesome City”; teenager idol Rick Nelson documented the tune rather with support from your brilliant guitarist Wayne Burton, and the outcome was a high Ten pop strike in 1958. The Knight-penned B-side “I ACQUIRED a sense” cracked the very best Ten aswell. In every, Nelson documented 21 of his tunes, like the million-selling “There’ll By no means Be OTHER PEOPLE NEVERTHELESS, YOU,” “Mighty Great,” and “Sweeter Than You.” Nelson also wanted to cut Knight’s “Simply Relax,” but its article writer refused, instead choosing to record the track himself for Coral, with Cochran seated in on acoustic guitar. The 1959 solitary demonstrated a flop, and following the follow-up, “Pretty LITTTLE LADY,” also proceeded to go nowhere, Coral slice its deficits and decreased Knight from its roster. Knight published “THE SWEETNESS of You” for crooner Perry Como, but Como’s arranger, Dick Pierce, rather suggested the melody to pop vocalist Ray Peterson, whose 1959 edition was a high 30 strike on both edges from the Atlantic. One of the record’s followers was Elvis Presley, who in early 1970 added “THE SWEETNESS of You” to his stage repertoire. Presley ultimately issued it mainly because an individual, topping the U.K. graphs and scoring a significant U.S. strike aswell. By that point, Knight was more developed like a songwriter, although he’d also continuing recording to small avail, with singles for RCA, Chess, and Challenger. In early 1966, Dean Martin documented “Somewhere There is a Somebody,” the to begin 11 Knight compositions the Rat Packer trim over the following six years. Knight also authored many music for Martin’s pal and Reprise label owner Frank Sinatra, like the big-band ballad “Anytime in any way,” and in 1965 agreed upon to the label being a single act, bowing using the one “Guy with an idea.” 2 yrs later, Knight released “PERSONALLY I THINK Sick About the whole lot,” afterwards a cult traditional because of its grandly psychedelic turn aspect, “Hallucinations.” He also composed for the Reprise psychedelic action the Western Coast Pop Artwork Experimental Band, demonstrating his uncanny capability to master just about any musical genre. Knight spent the 1970s tailoring his music to the united states market, writing strikes for Ernest Ashworth (“WEEKLY in the united states”), Hank Williams, Jr. (“One Evening Stands”), Jerry Lee Lewis (“I Don’t Desire to be Depressed Tonight”), and Dave & Sugar (the very best Five smash “I’m Gonna Like You”). In 1976, Mickey Gilley topped the united states graphs with “Don’t girls All Obtain Prettier at Shutting Time,” getting Knight the Academy of Nation Music’s Tune of the entire year honor. A season later, he agreed upon to Warner Bros. for what would confirm his last major-label discharge, “ONLY IF.” In every, Knight gained eight Citation of Accomplishment honors from your posting organization BMI, however in 1985 he was identified as having chronic fatigue symptoms, which significantly limited his attempts within the years to check out. He eventually built a home documenting studio and with time resumed his long-dormant solo profession, self-releasing the LPs JUST HOW I Listen to It, Music Is definitely My Woman, as well as the instrumental Music for Passionate Dreamers through his website. Soon after posting his memoirs, A bit of the Big-Time, Knight passed away of organic causes on Oct 12, 2005.

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Full Name Baker Knight
Died October 12, 2005, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Profession Songwriter
Nationality American
Children Tuesday Knight, Thomas Baker Knight III
Parents Thomas Baker Knight Sr., Mary Knight
Music Songs Bring My Cadillac Back, Love-a Love-a Love-A, A Legend on the Stage, When Somebody Mentions Your Name, Just Relax, Apple Dandy, Stick-to-It-Ivity, I Never Get to Kiss You Anymore, Surrender to Me, Hungry for Love, High School Days, Whose Little Baby Are You, Dum Dum Diggley Dum, Reelin' & Rockin', Ain't Nothin' but Love, My Heart Cries for You, Sorry 'bout That, Pretty Little Girl, Hello Mr. Heartache, Takin' a Chance, It Goes Deeper Than That, Big City Girls, Things Are Looking Good, House Next Door, The Beginning of the End, My Memories of You, Look in the Mirror, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Bring Back My Cadillac, Tag Alone Blues, Bring It On Home, I Can Tell
Albums The Very Best Of, Hello Mama, Bop Boogie to the Blues, Singer and Songwriter, Surrender to Me, The Baker Knight Story


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1 He returned to Birmingham in 1985 and began to suffer from agoraphobia which put his song writing career on hold. Agoraphobia is an abnormal fear of open or public places.
2 Among the 40 or so artists recording his music were Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis and Frank Sinatra.
3 Musician and songwriter.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never Steady, Never Still 2015 Short lyrics: "The Wonder Of You" / music: "The Wonder Of You"
VARMiNT 2012 Short writer: "Lonesome Town"
The Choir: Unsung Town Revisited 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "The Wonder of You" - uncredited
Rock & Chips 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heroes 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs 2009 Video documentary writer: "The Wonder of You"
American Swing 2008 Documentary writer: "The Wonder of You"
Hell Ride 2008 writer: "She's So Far Out She's In" - as Thomas Baker Knight
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances 2007 Video writer: "The Wonder of You"
You Kill Me 2007 writer: "Lonesome Town" - as Thomas Baker Knight
Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 writer: "Lonesome Town"
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender 2006 Video writer: "The Wonder Of You"
Stubbs the Zombie in 'Rebel Without a Pulse' 2005 Video Game writer: "Lonesome Town" - as T. Baker-Knight
Cold Case 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dean Martin: That's Amore 2001 TV Movie writer: "Somewhere There's a Someone"
7th Heaven 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Paul McCartney: Live at the Cavern Club 1999 TV Special writer: "Lonesome Town" - uncredited
Fanny and Elvis 1999 writer: "The Wonder of You"
Love Stinks 1999 writer: "The Wonder of You"
Little Voice 1998 lyrics: "The Wonder of You" / music: "The Wonder of You"
U Turn 1997 writer: "Lonesome Town"
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis 1997 writer: "The Wonder Of You"
Pulp Fiction 1994 writer: "Lonesome Town"
Elvis: The Lost Performances 1992 Video writer: "The Wonder Of You"
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1991 TV Movie writer: "Ain't That Too Much"
Matlock 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
13th Annual Music City News Awards 1979 TV Special writer: "All The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time"
Things We Did Last Summer 1978 TV Movie lyrics: "The Wonder of You" / music: "The Wonder of You"
Jane Bond 1975 writer: "The Wonder of You" - uncredited
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show TV Series music - 1 episode, 1968 writer - 1 episode, 1966
Swamp Country 1966 performer: "Wasted Love", "The Misfits", "Man With a Plan", "Swamp Country", "You Turn and Walk Away" / writer: "Wasted Love", "The Misfits", "Man With a Plan", "Swamp Country", "You Turn and Walk Away"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet 1958-1965 TV Series writer - 27 episodes

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Swamp Country 1966 Baker Knight

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The Devil's Hand 1961 composer: dance theme

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