This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on August 26, 2010 5:42 AM. The previous post in this blog was Stepmom fever -- sick of it yet?. The next post in this blog is What? No shine sprites?. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A lion sleeps

George David Weiss, who wrote a stack of great songs in the '40s, '50s and '60s, has died at age 89. The shorter obituaries will probably mention "What a Wonderful World" (the Louis Armstrong one) as his best known song, but he knocked out many fine ones. "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Too Close for Comfort," "Lullaby in Birdland," and, would you believe, the two Stylistics hits "Heavy Falling Out" and "Let's Put it All Together"? He also worked on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," in a tangled saga recounted here. The list of his tunes goes on for nine pages, here. Weiss also served for many years as president of the Songwriters Guild of America.

Comments (3)

He wrote some great songs.

Anybody notice that the tune for "What a Wonderful World" is the "Alphabet Song", aka "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"? Hayden used a variation in "The Surprise" Symphony, to wake people up!

I like George's best!

What is interesting is that "What a Wonderful World" was NOT a hit for Armstrong. It did sell well in England, but not a lot of business in the US. It took 'Good Morning Vietnam' for the song to be noticed, 18 years after its release.

Thanks for this, Jack. Very nice post-up.

Clicky Web Analytics