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Ben Weisman has died

26 May 2007
Ben Weisman, who helped write nearly 60 songs for Elvis Presley, including many for his movies, has died. He was 85.

Weisman, who had Alzheimer's disease and suffered a stroke last month, died at a long-term care hospital in Los Angeles.

His songs include "Wooden Heart", "Follow That Dream", "Fame and Fortune", "Rock-a-Hula Baby" and "Crawfish".

He also wrote for other pop stars, including Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vee and the Beatles.

Weisman was born on November 16 1921, in Providence, RI, and was raised in Brooklyn. He studied classical piano as a teenager and at the Juilliard School of Music.

He began writing for Presley in 1956 at the request of his music publisher, Jean Aberbach.
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