Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

George Weiss (April 9, 1921 – August 23, 2010)

During my recent sabbatical from posting I had failed to clock the news of the passing of the great songwriter George David Weiss.

He had originally planned a career as a lawyer or accountant, but his love for music led him to the Julliard School of Music where he honed his skills in writing and arranging. This experience led to writing arrangements for Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez and Johnny Richards.

Weiss went on to write some of the most popular pop songs of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.He worked with many collaborators, but a large number of his well-known songs were written with Bennie Benjamin.

Weiss also had successful song hits with other composers. That list includes “Lullaby of Birdland” (1952, with George Shearing), and two of my favourite songs of all time “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961, with Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, recorded by Elvis Presley), “What A Wonderful World” (1967, with Bob Thiele, recorded by Louis Armstrong).

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

“What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

To buy the music of Louis Armstrong click HERE

For a full obituary from The Scotsman click HERE

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