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Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke and complications of pneumonia)
Birth NameBenjamin E. Weisman
Nickname The Mad Professor

Spouse (1)

Lisa (Elsie) Helena Grenz (19?? - 9 November 2001) (her death)

Trivia (6)

Born in Providence, R.I., Weisman was raised in Brooklyn. He studied classical piano as a teenager and at the Juilliard School of Music.
He also wrote for other pop stars, including Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vee and the Beatles.
He began writing for Presley in 1956 at the request of his music publisher, Jean Aberbach. He was 85 when he died.
Weisman, whom Elvis Presley dubbed "the mad professor," wrote or co-wrote a string of gold- and platinum-selling songs for Presley, including "Follow That Dream" and "Fame and Fortune." His songs include "Wooden Heart" for the movie "G.I. Blues," "Rock-a-Hula Baby" for "Blue Hawaii" and "Crawfish" for "King Creole.".
He was a music director in the US Army Air Corps during WWII.
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.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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