At the beginning of my career I dabbled in song writing. After several years of limited success, I chose to buy groceries over the need to express my rhyming ability. Here are some of the highlights from that era.



The Girl Of My Best Friend written with Beverly Ross. (1960) Recorded by Elvis Presley in his “Elvis Is Back” album. It was a top ten song in England when Presley released it as a single. It was also recorded by Bryan Ferry in his “Taxi” album in the late 90's.

To Love Someone written with Norman Blagman. (1961) Recorded by Ral Donner. This made it to number ten on the charts. I never got paid a penny for the record. Coincidentally the label it was released on was called GONE. And it is.

It'll Never Be Over For Me written with Norman Blagman. Recorded by various artist, Los Lobos being the most notable.



MAD TWISTS ROCK'N'ROLL — Written with Norman Blagman. This album was originally made for RCA but then later sold to Mad Magazine. It included great classics like “PLEASE BETTY JANE WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO SHAVE YOUR LEGS” and “SHE GOT A NOSE JOB”.

FINK ALONG WITH MAD — This follow up album included, “LOVING A SIAMESE TWIN” and the cult classic, “IT'S A GAS” which was a series of musical riffs and belching and believe it or not still gets played now and then on the Howard Stern show.

I believe both albums came out in the early sixties. It was endeavors like this that brought my music career to an abrupt but necessary halt. Still, it was fun. Both albums are now considered collector's items.

Recently my son Joey and I wrote and released a hilarious but wickedly rude CD called TOTALLY TWISTED COUNTRY sung by the great country and western group, The Cow Pies. It can be purchased on CDBABY.COM and so far we've sold five copies. I would like you to order one as soon as you can because with less than twenty thousand copies left they should all be gone by the year 2650. Hurry!

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