Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To Absent Friends - Sid Tepper

Okay, I had never heard of Sid Tepper, either, until I read today's obituary page, and, I've got to tell you, these are the kinds of obituaries that I find absolutely fascinating.

When Sid Tepper died on April 24, he was two months short of his 97th birthday.  Mr. Tepper was a songwriter who is credited with writing over 300 songs in his career.  His songs were recorded by such diverse artists as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Dave Clark Five, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Slim Whitman, The Ink Spots, Arthur Godfrey, and Lawrence Welk.  Elvis, alone, recorded forty-five of Tepper's songs, most of them being written for the numerous schlocky movies that Elvis made.  All of which means that Sid probably made a pretty nice living churning out these songs.

Among the songs that Tepper had written were "Red Roses for a Blue Lady", "G.I. Blues", "Nuttin' for Christmas", and "Glad All Over".

Like I say, there are people who contribute, in some small ways, to the fabric of our lives, and we have no idea who they are, until we stumble across their names in the News Obituaries.

RIP Sid Tepper, and let's send him off with one of his numbers, "The Lady Loves Me", as sung by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret in "Viva Las Vegas".

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