American songwriter, composer, music publisher, producer and head of Musicor Records, Inc.
. Schroeder's first success "At A Sidewalk Penny Arcade" introduced Rosemary Clooney
as a solo recording artists. Schroeder is best-known for his composition "It’s Now or Never" which was an Elvis Presley
No 1 hit and the all time international best seller. Also, It is listed at No 75 on Billboard's Greatest Hits of the last five decades chart. He co-wrote 17 other songs for Presley, five of which went to No 1 "A Big Hunk O Love" "Good Luck Charm" "Stuck On You" and "I Got Stung." Other artists who recorded his songs were "French Foreign Legion" Frank Sinatra
, "Mandolins In The Moonlight" Perry Como
, "Time and the River" Nat King Cole
, "Love Makin' Music" Barry White
, "I Got Stung" Paul McCartney
, "Hammer and Nails" Staple Singers
, "Move Me No Mountain" Chaka Khan
and "Today's Teardrops" Roy Orbison
. As a music publisher Schroeder discovered well known songwriters such as Randy Newman
, Irwin Levine
, Gene Pitney
, Al Kooper
, and Barry White
. Schroeder's songs have been included in hundreds of films and television programs including, The Hangover, Lucky Luke, Viva Elvis Cirque Du Soleil
, All Shook Up, Lilo and Stitch and Aloha from Hawaii. Schroeder wrote over five hundred songs that spans a spectrum of musical prolificacy from pop, rock and country to children, gospel and standards. Founder of Musicor Records.
Born: 7 September 1926, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Died: 2 December 2009, Englewood, New Jersey, USA, aged 83.