Het zal morgen ook al 35 jaar geleden zijn dat songschrijver Howard Greenfield op 49-jarige leeftijd aan aids is gestorven. Zijn partner, de zanger Tory Damon, zou enkele dagen later aan dezelfde doodsoorzaak sterven.
Howard Greenfield worked for several years in the 1960s out of the famous Brill Building. He co-wrote four songs that reached #1 on the US Billboard charts: “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”, as recorded by Neil Sedaka; “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart”, both as recorded by Connie Francis, and “Love Will Keep Us Together”, as recorded by Captain & Tennille.
He also co-wrote numerous other top 10 hits for Neil Sedaka (including “Oh! Carol”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “Calendar Girl”, “Little Devil”, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”, and “Next Door to an Angel”); Connie Francis (including the “Theme to Where The Boys Are”, “Stupid Cupid” and “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own”); the Everly Brothers (“Crying in the Rain”, together with Carole King); Jimmy Clanton (“Venus in Blue Jeans”) Gene Pitney (“It hurts to be in love”) and the Shirelles (“Foolish Little Girl”).
As well, Greenfield co-wrote the theme songs to numerous 1960s TV series, including Gidget, Bewitched, The Flying Nun and Hazel.
In 2005, “Is This The Way To Amarillo”, a song Greenfield had written with Sedaka in the early 1970s, reached #1 on the UK charts in the original 1971 version by Tony Christie. The video featured an all-star celebrity line-up lip-synching the track, and the proceeds went to charity. The record stayed at #1 for 7 weeks, and became the UK’s best-selling record of the millennium to that time. (Wikipedia)