Elvis Presley Songwriter Sid Tepper Dies

27 April 2015, 12:30

Elvis Presley

Sid Tepper, who penned songs recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beatles, has died at 96.

He passed away of natural causes at his Miami Beach home in Florida.

During his illustrious career, Tepper wrote and co-produced over 300 songs for The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin and Peggy Lee.

Tepper worked with his fellow songwriter and producer Roy C Bennet for over 25 years, writing together some of Elvis Presley's most notable hits including 'G.I. Blues', 'Hawaiian Sunset', 'New Orleans' and 'Puppet on a String'.  

In 2002, the pair's contribution to Presley's phenomenal success was recognised at the singer's home in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The partnership was also behind the Beatles' 'Glad All Over', recorded in the early 60s for BBC radio sessions with George Harrison taking the lead. 

He was survived by his five children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  

You can listen to the Elvis Presley classic 'Puppet on a String' below: