Claude Demetrius

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Claude Demetrius

African American songwriter add

Category: Music

Born in 1916.

Countries: United States (43%), Jordan (29%), New York (14%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Roy Orbison, Black, Louis Jordan

Linked to: Gladys Music, Inc., HBO




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Claude Demetrius was born in 1916 add something


During the 1940s, he was very closely associated with Louis Jordan add something


Demetrius wrote the 1945 musical comedy short film "Open the Door, Richard" add something


He wrote songs with Jordan that included material for the 1946 Black musical film "Beware" in which Jordan had the starring role add something


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. add something


Demetrius topped off a very successful year when he co-wrote with Aaron Schroeder the song "Santa, Bring My Baby Back " which appeared on the 1957 "Elvis' Christmas Album" add something


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 add something


Demetrius wrote it alone and "Dixieland Rock" with Fred Wise for Presley's 1958 film "King Creole" add something


In 1958, Demetrius scored his biggest success of all with his composition of "Hard Headed Woman add something


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" add something


Claude Demetrius died in 1988 in New York City add something

Claude Demetrius died in 1988 add something


The timeless rock song was sung by him on the 1989 HBO acclaimed television special called " Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night" add something