Ben Weisman passes away aged 85
Elvis Presley songwriter Ben Weisman has died after suffering from a stroke and pneumonia.
Weisman died at a long-term care hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday (May 20). He was 85.
The songwriter, whom Presley dubbed the “mad professor”, wrote nearly 60 songs for the legendary singer including ‘Follow That Dream’, ‘Fame And Fortune’, ‘Crawfish’ and ‘Rock-a-Hula Baby’.
He began writing for Presley in 1956 at the request of his music publisher Jean Aberbach.
He was born on November 16 in 1921, in Providence before he was raised in New York.
He studied classical piano as a teenager and at the Juilliard School Of Music.