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Ben Weisman (1921–2007)


He was sent a script for the movie "Jailhouse Rock" and asked to write a song for it. He didn't even meet Presley until the following year. See more trivia »

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 2012 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (writer: "Got A Lot o' Livin' to Do")
 2011/I Limitless (writer: "Lonely Blue Boy")
 2004 Elvis Has Left the Building (writer: "Follow That Dream")
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love (writer: "Danny (Lonely Blue Boy)")
 1998 Dark City (writer: "The Night Has 1000 Eyes")
 1996 Jerry Maguire (writer: "Pocketful of Rainbows")
 1996 Flirting with Disaster (writer: "Lend Me Your Comb")
 1995 Se7en (writer: "In the Beginning")
 1995 Blue in the Face (performer: "Beyond The Realm" - as Mad Professor)
 1992 Jersey Girl (performer: "YOUR LOVE") / (writer: "YOUR LOVE")
 1990 The Match Factory Girl (writer: "Oo! What You Do to Me")
 1983 The Outsiders (writer: "Lend Me Your Comb" - as Benjamin Weisman)
 1981 This Is Elvis (writer: "As Long As I Have You", "Rock-A-Hula Baby" - uncredited)
 1978 Death on the Nile (writer: "Frankie and Johnny" - uncredited)
 1974 So Evil, My Sister (music: "Where Did I Go Wrong?")
 1973 L'Amour (lyrics: "Theme from L'Amour") / (music: "Theme from L'Amour")
 1969 Change of Habit (music: "Change of Habit", "Let Us Pray")
 1969 The Trouble with Girls (writer: "Signs of the Zodiac" - uncredited)
 1968 Stay Away, Joe (writer: "Stay Away, Joe", "All I Needed Was the Rain" (uncredited))
 1967 Peggio per me... meglio per te (writer: "Wooden Heart" - as Neisman)
 1967 Clambake (writer: "Clambake", "How Can You Lose What You Never Had")
 1967 Double Trouble (writer: "There's So Much World To See", "It Won't Be Long" - uncredited)
 1967 Easy Come, Easy Go (writer: "Easy Come, Easy Go")
 1966 Spinout (writer: "I'll Be Back" - uncredited)
 1966 Hold On! (writer: "Make Me Happy", "The George and Dragon", "Got A Feeling", "We Want You, Herman", "Wild Love", "Gotta Get Away")
 1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style (writer: "A Dog's Life")
 1966 Frankie and Johnny (writer: "Chesay", "Frankie and Johnny", "Hard Luck" - uncredited)
 1965 When the Boys Meet the Girls ("Mail Call")
 1965 Tickle Me (writer: "It Feels So Right", "Slowly But Surely")
 1965 Girl Happy (writer: "Do The Clam", "Cross My Heart and Hope to Die" - uncredited)
 1964 Roustabout (writer: "It's Carnival Time")
 1963 Fun in Acapulco (writer: "Fun In Acapulco")
 1963 It Happened at the World's Fair (writer: "Beyond the Bend", "Happy Ending" - uncredited)
 1963 Just for Fun (writer: "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes")
 1962 Kid Galahad (writer: "This Is Living", "Riding the Rainbow", "I Got Lucky")
 1962 Follow That Dream (as Bernie Weisman, "Follow That Dream")
 1961 Blue Hawaii (writer: "Almost Always True", "Rock-a-Hula Baby", "Moonlight Swim")
 1961 Wild in the Country (writer: "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell", "In My Way" - uncredited)
 1960 G.I. Blues (writer: "Wooden Heart", "Pocketful Of Rainbows")
 1958 King Creole (writer: "Crawfish", "Don't Ask Me Why", "As Long As I Have You")
 1957 Jailhouse Rock (writer: "Don't Leave Me Now" - uncredited)
 1957 Loving You (writer: "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do")
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I approached writing for Elvis differently than I did for any other artist. The songs had to have a combination of blues, country, rock and pop...With each new Elvis movie, more of my songs were being recorded...I was becoming the only songwriter to have so many songs recorded by him.


He was sent a script for the movie "Jailhouse Rock" and asked to write a song for it. He didn't even meet Presley until the following year. See more »


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