Elvis Presley songwriter dies

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.

Weisman also wrote for a host of other legendary artists, including The Beatles and Barbra Streisand.

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.