Sid Wayne, Date of Birth, Date of Death


Sid Wayne

American songwriter

Date of Birth: 26-Jan-1922

Date of Death: 26-Dec-1991

Profession: composer, songwriter, lyricist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Sid Wayne

  • Sid Wayne (January 26, 1923 – December 26, 1991) was an American songwriter, lyricist and composer, who wrote a number of well-known songs from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Almost every Elvis Presley film contained one or more works written by Wayne and his partner Ben Weisman. His most known works are "See You In September" (co-written with Sherman Edwards), "It's Impossible" — featuring the English lyric of Armando Manzanero's "Somos Novios" — "Mangos" (with Dee Libbey), "Two Different Worlds" and "Relax Max" (with Al Frisch) and "I Need Your Love Tonight" (with Bix Reichner).
  • Plus five songs co-written with Ben Weisman and Fred Karger for the soundtrack to the 1966 movie Hold On! featuring Herman's Hermits and Shelley Fabares.
  • Hold On! includes "The George and Dragon", "Got a Feeling", "Wild Love", "Gotta Get Away" and "Make Me Happy", the latter of which was sung by Fabares.
  • From 1960 to 1962, Wayne was the musical director of the CBS game show Video Village, which debuted shortly after the scandal-tainted rigged quizzes of the 1950s left the air. Born Sidney Weinberg in Brooklyn, New York on January 26, 1923, Wayne, a self-taught musician had many successes in New York.
  • In 1961, when Video Village moved from New York to Los Angeles, he moved his young family to West Hollywood, California to start the west coast phase of his career.
  • There he teamed up with Weisman for work on the Elvis Presley films.
  • As Elvis' film career tapered off, Wayne returned to his New York roots to have his biggest Grammy nominated hit with the Perry Como recording of "It's Impossible".
  • This song, a love ballad for his wife Rhea, was commissioned as the English lyric to Manzanero's "Somos Novios".
  • The English version, "It's Impossible", was originally performed by Perry Como and nominated for a Grammy Award in 1972.
  • In 1980 Wayne relocated to Dallas, Texas, where he continued to write for commercial television and advertising with another songwriting partner, Stephen Arnold and Roger Howell (singer/songwriter).

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