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Claude Demetrius (born August 3, 1916 - May 1, 1988) was an African American songwriter. August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ...


Born in Bath, Maine, by his early twenties he was in New York City writing music for and/or with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Witherspoon and B.B. King. Demetrius wrote the 1945 musical comedy short film Open the Door Richard. During the 1940s, he was very closely associated with Louis Jordan. He wrote songs with Jordan that included material for the 1946 Black musical film Beware in which Jordan had the starring role. Some of Demetrius' best known compositions from that era were co-written with Jordan's wife, Fleecie Moore. View uphill towards City Hall in Bath Bath is a city located in Sagadahoc County, Maine. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Louis Armstrongs stage personality matched his flashy trumpet as captured in this photo by William P. Gottlieb. ... James (Jimmy) Witherspoon (1923-1997) was an American blues singer. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... A short film (also short or short subject) is a motion picture that is shorter than the average feature film. ... Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 - February 4, 1975) was an African-American jazz and rhythm & blues musician, and one of the few such to sell well to mainstream audiences in the post swing music era. ... Black is a color with several subtle differences in meaning. ... A musical film belongs to a film genre that features songs, sung by the actors, interwoven into the narrative. ...


For two decades, Claude Demetrius made a reasonably good living but in 1956 his income would change dramatically after he began writing for Gladys Music, Inc.. Newly formed by Jean and Julian Aberbach, the company owned the exclusive publishing rights to the music of Elvis Presley. Working for Gladys Music, Demetrius co-wrote a minor song called "I Was The One" that Presley recorded but in 1957 he composed "Mean Woman Blues" for Presley's 1957 motion picture soundtrack, Loving You that was released on the record album of the same name as well as on Side 2 of a four-song EP record. Demetrius topped off a very successful year when he co-wrote with Aaron Schroeder the song "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" which appeared on the 1957 Elvis' Christmas Album. Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll, or as just simply The King, was an American singer who had an immeasurable effect on world culture. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Generally speaking, the term soundtrack refers to the recorded sound in a motion picture. ... Loving You is a 1957 American motion picture starring Elvis Presley. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... Extended Play can mean: Extended play X-Play, a TV show on G4TechTV This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In 1958, Demetrius scored his biggest success of all with his composition of "Hard Headed Woman." He wrote it alone and "Dixieland Rock" with Fred Wise for Presley's 1958 film King Creole. Both songs were part of the record album but "Hard Headed Woman" was also released as a 45rpm single that went to No. 1 on the Billboard music charts. King Creole starring Elvis Presley King Creole is a 1958 Elvis Presley film and soundtrack based on the 1952 Harold Robbins novel, A Stone for Danny Fisher. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... Alternate meanings: Single In music, a single is a song considered commercially viable enough by the artist and record company to be released separately from an album, usually featuring on an album as well. ... These are the #1 Hits of 1958: The Hot 100 Era officially began on Monday, August 4, 1958, which would be the week ending August 9. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In 1963, "Mean Woman Blues" was recorded again, this time by Roy Orbison on a 45rpm single that went to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts and was part of Orbison's 1964 album, More of Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits. The timeless rock song was also sung by him on the 1989 HBO acclaimed television special called Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. ... Alternate meanings: Single In music, a single is a song considered commercially viable enough by the artist and record company to be released separately from an album, usually featuring on an album as well. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ... For alternate meanings of HBO, see HBO (disambiguation). ... Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night is an acclaimed 1987 Cinemax television special originally broadcast on HBOs Showtime starring Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll pioneer singer/songwriter Roy Orbison. ...


Claude Demetrius died in 1988 in New York City.


 
 

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