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Being a rubbish songwriter myself, it's time to salute the people who make the pop musical world go round. Most aren't on the verge of death, but never mind (all over 60, though). Off the top of my head, my living greats include:

 

Chip Taylor

Les Reed

Arthur Hamilton

Jackie DeShannon

Barry Mason

Geoff Stephens

John Carter

Tony Macaulay

Bob Crewe

Bob Gaudio

Gerry Goffin

Carole King

Sandy Linzer

Denny Randell

Tony Joe White

Jeff Barry

Nicky Chinn

Mike Chapman

Hal David

Burt Bacharach

Mike Batt (just kidding)

Bobby Hart

Dan Penn

Jimmy Lea

Noddy Holder

Jimmy Webb

PF Sloan

Roger Cook

Roger Greenaway

Pete Callander

Mitch Murray

Rob Davis

Neil Sedaka

Mike Stoller

Barry Mann

Cynthia Weil

Tom T Hall

Jerry Chesnut

Chips Moman

Kenny Gamble

Leon Huff

Gerry Goffin all the way to paradise.

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''take good care of my....body''?

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Being a rubbish songwriter myself, it's time to salute the people who make the pop musical world go round. Most aren't on the verge of death, but never mind (all over 60, though). Off the top of my head, my living greats include:

 

Chip Taylor

Les Reed

Arthur Hamilton

Jackie DeShannon

Barry Mason

Geoff Stephens

John Carter

Tony Macaulay

Bob Crewe

Bob Gaudio

Gerry Goffin

Carole King

Sandy Linzer

Denny Randell

Tony Joe White

Jeff Barry

Nicky Chinn

Mike Chapman

Hal David

Burt Bacharach

Mike Batt (just kidding)

Bobby Hart

Dan Penn

Jimmy Lea

Noddy Holder

Jimmy Webb

PF Sloan

Roger Cook

Roger Greenaway

Pete Callander

Mitch Murray

Rob Davis

Neil Sedaka

Mike Stoller

Barry Mann

Cynthia Weil

Tom T Hall

Jerry Chesnut

Chips Moman

Kenny Gamble

Leon Huff

 

you may be interested to know that 3 people from your list have now died

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PS that's Pete Callander, Hal David, and Gerry Goffin

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Sonny Curtis who joined the Crickets after Buddy Holly had died and wrote numerous songs such as "I Fought The Law", "Walk Right Back" and "More Then I Can Say" among others should be added to the list.

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I saw this yesterday and was going to ignore it as I had never heard of Teenie Hodges but then I found out he co-wrote Take Me To The River so I thought it worth mentioning.

 

Went home and listened to Talking Heads version.

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Mike Hawker, who wrote I Only Want to be With You and Walking back to Happiness died back in May aged 77.

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Clive Palmer, founding member of the Incredible String Band.

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Clive Palmer, founding member of the Incredible String Band.

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Yeah, saw this on Wizz Jones' Facebook page. Not sure if he belongs on this thread or the Old Folkies one, either way; highly obitable...loads of broadsheet reading types grew up on that kind of folk.

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Ervin Drake, who wrote the English lyrics to Quando, Quando, Quando and also It was a Very Good Year (covered by Frank Sinatra) and I Believe (Frankie Laine, The Bachelors, Robson & Jerome et al). has died aged 95.

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Ervin Drake, who wrote the English lyrics to Quando, Quando, Quando and also It was a Very Good Year (covered by Frank Sinatra) and I Believe (Frankie Laine, The Bachelors, Robson & Jerome et al). has died aged 95.

ITS NOT A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR HIM WAS IT !

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Ervin Drake, who wrote the English lyrics to Quando, Quando, Quando and also It was a Very Good Year (covered by Frank Sinatra) and I Believe (Frankie Laine, The Bachelors, Robson & Jerome et al). has died aged 95.

ITS NOT A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR HIM WAS IT !

 

Indeed, and I believe we know now quando he died.

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I just discovered both members of this old songwriting partnership are still alive: Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. They wrote hits for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Cliff Richard, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley amongst others. Both of them were born in 1918.

 

Here is an interview with Tepper from Elvis' official site: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/songwriter_sid_tepper_reminisces_about_elvis.shtml

Sid Tepper dies at 96. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article19457814.html

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I just discovered both members of this old songwriting partnership are still alive: Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. They wrote hits for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Cliff Richard, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley amongst others. Both of them were born in 1918.

Here is an interview with Tepper from Elvis' official site: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/songwriter_sid_tepper_reminisces_about_elvis.shtml

 

Sid Tepper dies at 96. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article19457814.html
So no more interviews then?

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I just discovered both members of this old songwriting partnership are still alive: Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. They wrote hits for Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Cliff Richard, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley amongst others. Both of them were born in 1918.

Here is an interview with Tepper from Elvis' official site: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/songwriter_sid_tepper_reminisces_about_elvis.shtml

Sid Tepper dies at 96. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article19457814.html
So no more interviews then?

 

No, but he has given a miss with a UK obit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/sid-tepper-dies-songwriter-for-frank-sinatra-and-elvis-presley-passes-away-10204553.html

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The Guardian on Tepper, who regarded his own contribution in writing about 40 songs (mainly for Presley's film soundtracks), as central to the King's massive all round appeal.

 

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/apr/27/sid-tepper-songwriter-for-elvis-dies-at-96

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