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Ben Weisman


Composer Ben Weisman authored a large number of music for Elvis Presley through the King’s years in Hollywood, especially smashes like “Follow That Wish” and “Popularity and Lot of money.” Delivered in Providence, RI, on November 16, 1921, Weisman examined piano from age 13 and afterwards earned a scholarship or grant towards the Juilliard College of Music. While he originally aspired to some career being a concert pianist, he rather chosen the relative economic balance of pop, carrying on his education under golf swing star Teddy Wilson. During Globe Battle II, Weisman offered as an arranger with an Surroundings Force music group, and upon coming back stateside he agreed upon on as an accompanist with balladeers Eddie Fisher and Vic Damone. In 1949, he teamed with lyricist Sammy Gallop to start his professional songwriting profession via Dean Martin’s “Possess just a little Sympathy.” Weisman afterwards collaborated with Fred Smart and Kay Twomey for some strikes, including Nat Ruler Cole’s “OUR MOTHER EARTH and Father Period,” Man Mitchell’s “Quite Small Black-Eyed Susie,” and Patti Page’s “I WANT TO Go Fan.” He started composing for Presley (who known as him “the Mad Teacher”) in 1956 on the demand of music publisher Jean Aberbach, following ballad “First in-line” with “Got a whole lot of Livin’ to accomplish,” a high light from the 1957 feature film Adoring You. In every, he constructed 57 music for Presley, a lot more than any other specific writer, even though vast majority had been trifles penned for particular scenes within the lowbrow musicals that occupied a lot of the singer’s energy — “Wooden Center,” “Rock-a-Hula Baby,” “Perform the Clam,” and “He’s Your Uncle, Not really Your Father” are simply just a representative test. Weisman also authored strikes like Johnny Mathis’ “WHILE I Am together with you,” Brian Hyland’s “Warmed Over Kisses (LEFT Like),” and Bobby Vee’s “THE NIGHT TIME Has a Thousands of Eyes.” Especially, Dusty Springfield came into the U.K. TOP in 1966 using the damaging “All I Observe Is definitely You,” co-written with Clive Westlake. Another diva, Barbra Streisand, slice Weisman’s “Like within the Afternoon” nearly a decade later on, by which period he was practically from the music business. Following a debilitating struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, he passed away at a LA long-term care service on, may 20, 2007.

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Date Of Birth November 16, 1921
Died May 20, 2007, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Songwriter, Composer
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Movies Change of Habit, Hot Rods to Hell, L'Amour

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1 He was sent a script for the movie "Jailhouse Rock" and asked to write a song for it. He didn't even meet Presley until the following year.
2 He was a music director in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.
3 Weisman, whom Elvis Presley dubbed "the mad professor," wrote or co-wrote a string of gold- and platinum-selling songs for Presley, including "Follow That Dream" and "Fame and Fortune." His songs include "Wooden Heart" for the movie "G.I. Blues," "Rock-a-Hula Baby" for "Blue Hawaii" and "Crawfish" for "King Creole.".
4 He began writing for Presley in 1956 at the request of his music publisher, Jean Aberbach. He was 85 when he died.
5 He also wrote for other pop stars, including Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vee and the Beatles.
6 Born in Providence, R.I., Weisman was raised in Brooklyn. He studied classical piano as a teenager and at the Juilliard School of Music.



Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street 2014 Short writer: "It Feels So Right"
Timeshift 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 2012 writer: "Got A Lot o' Livin' to Do"
Hawaii Five-0 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Limitless 2011/I writer: "Lonely Blue Boy"
Elvis: Love Me Tender - The Love Songs 2009 Video documentary writer: "As Long As I Have You"
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances 2007 Video writer: "Wooden Heart", "Rock-a-Hula Baby"
Big Love 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary writer: "Crawfish"
Kupetzky 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis: The Last 24 Hours 2005 TV Movie writer: "Fame and Fortune"
The Five People You Meet in Heaven 2004 TV Movie writer: "Pocketful of Rainbows" - as B. Weisman
Elvis Has Left the Building 2004 writer: "Follow That Dream"
7th Heaven 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Punch-Drunk Love 2002 writer: "Danny Lonely Blue Boy"
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary writer: "Follow That Dream"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) 2000 TV Movie documentary writer: "Rock-a-Hula Baby"
Dark City 1998 writer: "The Night Has 1000 Eyes"
Fully Booked 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Jerry Maguire 1996 writer: "Pocketful of Rainbows"
Stars in Their Eyes 1996 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Flirting with Disaster 1996 writer: "Lend Me Your Comb"
Crossroads of Laredo 1995 Short lyrics: "Crossroads of Laredo"
Se7en 1995 writer: "In the Beginning"
Blue in the Face 1995 performer: "Beyond The Realm" - as Mad Professor
Jersey Girl 1992 performer: "YOUR LOVE" / writer: "YOUR LOVE"
Jerry Lee Lewis: The Story of Rock & Roll 1991 Video documentary writer: "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" - as Benjamin Weisman
The Outsiders 1983 writer: "Lend Me Your Comb" - as Benjamin Weisman
This Is Elvis 1981 writer: "As Long As I Have You", "Rock-A-Hula Baby" - uncredited
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special writer: "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes"
Death on the Nile 1978 writer: "Frankie and Johnny" - uncredited
The Story of Elvis Presley 1977 Documentary writer: "Fame and Fortune"
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Benny Hill Show 1974 TV Series writer - 1 episode
So Evil, My Sister 1974 music: "Where Did I Go Wrong?"
L'Amour 1973 lyrics: "Theme from L'Amour" / music: "Theme from L'Amour"
Change of Habit 1969 music: "Change of Habit", "Let Us Pray"
The Trouble with Girls 1969 writer: "Signs of the Zodiac" - uncredited
Stay Away, Joe 1968 writer: "Stay Away, Joe", "All I Needed Was the Rain" uncredited
Peggio per me... meglio per te 1967 writer: "Wooden Heart" - as Neisman
Clambake 1967 writer: "Clambake", "How Can You Lose What You Never Had"
Double Trouble 1967 writer: "There's So Much World To See", "It Won't Be Long" - uncredited
Easy Come, Easy Go 1967 writer: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
Spinout 1966 writer: "I'll Be Back" - uncredited
Hold On! 1966 writer: "Make Me Happy", "The George and Dragon", "Got A Feeling", "We Want You, Herman", "Wild Love", "Gotta Get Away"
Paradise, Hawaiian Style 1966 writer: "A Dog's Life"
Frankie and Johnny 1966 writer: "Chesay", "Frankie and Johnny", "Hard Luck" - uncredited
When the Boys Meet the Girls 1965 "Mail Call"
Hollywood a Go Go 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tickle Me 1965 writer: "It Feels So Right", "Slowly But Surely"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Girl Happy 1965 writer: "Do The Clam", "Cross My Heart and Hope to Die" - uncredited
Roustabout 1964 writer: "It's Carnival Time"
Fun in Acapulco 1963 writer: "Fun In Acapulco"
It Happened at the World's Fair 1963 writer: "Beyond the Bend", "Happy Ending" - uncredited
Just for Fun 1963 writer: "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes"
Kid Galahad 1962 writer: "This Is Living", "Riding the Rainbow", "I Got Lucky"
Follow That Dream 1962 as Bernie Weisman, "Follow That Dream"
Blue Hawaii 1961 writer: "Almost Always True", "Rock-a-Hula Baby", "Moonlight Swim"
Wild in the Country 1961 writer: "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell", "In My Way" - uncredited
G.I. Blues 1960 writer: "Wooden Heart", "Pocketful Of Rainbows"
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley 1960 TV Special writer: "Fame and Fortune"
King Creole 1958 writer: "Crawfish", "Don't Ask Me Why", "As Long As I Have You"
Jailhouse Rock 1957 writer: "Don't Leave Me Now" - uncredited
Loving You 1957 writer: "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do"



Crossroads of Laredo 1995 Short
L'Amour 1973

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Change of Habit 1969 orchestrator

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1 I approached writing for Elvis differently than I did for any other artist. The songs had to have a combination of blues, country, rock and pop...With each new Elvis movie, more of my songs were being recorded...I was becoming the only songwriter to have so many songs recorded by him.

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