Songwriter Sid Tepper passed away the other day at age 96.
His name might not be familiar to many, but you will recognize the extent of his accomplishments.
The headlines first mention that he wrote over 300 songs that were recorded by artists including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (45 songs).
He also wrote songs for Carl Perkins, Jeff Beck, Herman’s Hermits, the Dave Clark Five, the Beatles, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong, Cliff Richard, Eddie Arnold, Marty Robbins, Slim Whitman, Bert Kaempfert, Wayne Newton, Robert Goulet, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Nancy Wilson, Connie Francis, Sarah Vaughn, Guy Lombardo, Eartha Kitt, the Ink Spots, Louis Prima, Arthur Godfrey, Tommy Dorsey and Lawrence Welk.
Among the songwriter’s hits were “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” “Kiss of Fire,” “Say Something Sweet to Your Sweetheart,” “Kewpie Doll,” “G.I. Blues,” “Suzy Snowflake,” “Travelin’ Light,” “Puppet on a String,” “Stairway of Love,” “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” “The Woodchuck Song,” “Glad All Over,” Don’t Come Running Back to Me,” “New Orleans” and the Elvis-Ann-Margret duet “The Lady Loves Me.”
As significant as all the songs was the fact that he was one of those rare individuals who successfully made the transition from traditional ballads written for big bands to the imperatives of a musical marketplace that suddenly sought rock and roll instead.
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