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Aaron Schroeder (September 7, 1926 – December 2, 2009) was an American songwriter and music publisher. […]
Having become an ASCAP member in 1948, Schroeder had his first success with “At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade”, one of the songs to introduce Rosemary Clooney as a solo recording artist. He proceeded to write more than 1500 songs seeking the varied talent of many collaborators. His chart record in the United Kingdom, as a writer, is 27 hits, 3 number ones, 9 top tens and 225 weeks on the chart.
He wrote seventeen songs for Elvis Presley including five that reached number one:
- “A Big Hunk o’ Love“
- “Good Luck Charm“
- “I Got Stung“
- “Stuck on You“
- “It’s Now or Never“
“It’s Now or Never” as recorded by Presley was selected as number 75 in Billboard Magazine’s top 100 songs on their 100th-anniversary “Greatest Hits Chart“. In an interview with Jan-Erik Kjeseth he said that he was in fact present when Elvis recorded the song. He was very impressed with Elvis’ attitude; Elvis wanted everything to be right; almost to the point of having tears in his eyes because he — Elvis — felt himself to be struggling to get the result that he envisaged in his head. Schroeder had more than 500 song recordings to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone. In the above-mentioned interview Schroeder said that he had in fact also participated in finalizing the hit song “It’s my party” (Lesley Gore). Together with his regular partner at the time, Wally Gold, he made corrections to an unfinished piece of material that another writer had brought in. When the work was done, Gold and Schroeder tossed a coin as to whose name should be listed among the credits. Schroeder “lost”. Schroeder made a cameo appearance in the 1957 Warner Bros. rock and roll movie, Jamboree, as a songwriter.
Last updated on August 11, 2015