David Hess

Real Name:
David Alexander Hess
Profile:
American songwriter, actor and record company executive, also known as David Hill and David Dante.

Born on September 19, 1936 in New York City, New York – Died on October 7, 2011 in Tiburon, California.

David Hess began his career when he recorded the original version of the Otis Blackwell composition "All Shook Up" under the stage name David Hill in 1956. The song became a Number 1 hit for Elvis Presley a year later and Hess became a songwriter at Shalimar Music.

David went on to compose "Start Movin'" for Sal Mineo and "Rockin' Shoes" for the Ames Brothers. He continued to write songs for Elvis throughout the '50s and '60s, (including the Presley hit "I Got Stung" that was later covered by The Beatles). Other Hess tunes performed by The King include "Come Along," and "Make Me Know You're Mine" (first performed by Conway Twitty). "Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love" became a 60s hit when it was performed by Andy Williams.

In 1963 David wrote and recorded "Speedy Gonzalez," which became a number one single for Pat Boone, selling more than eight million copies worldwide. David then recorded two solo albums for Kapp Records, again topping the charts, this time with a Top Ten folk hit called "Two Brothers."

After a career as a record company executive, including becoming head of A&R at Mercury Records (where he co-wrote the Grammy award winning 1970 rock opera ‘The Naked Carmen’) in New York and working with PolyGram Records’ German affiliate in the 1970s, Hess took on the role of actor, writer, director and producer in the movie industry.

Writing the English language shooting scripts for such German directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Reinhard Hauff, Peter Schamoni,… and directing the 1980 slasher “To All A Good Night” were only a few of his many accomplishments.

Most will remember him as Krug Stillo, an unrepentant serial killer and leader of a gang in Wes Craven's classic 1972 cult shocker “The Last House On The Left” (inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Virgin Spring’), as well as portraying the villains in Ruggero Deodato’s “House on the Edge of the Park” (1980) and Wes Craven’s “Swamp Thing” (1982). Other movie roles include ’21 Hours At Munich’, ‘Hitch-Hike’, ‘White Star’, ‘Body Count’ and ‘Zodiac Killer’. David Hess also appeared regularly on the TV screen with appearances in shows such as ‘Knight Rider’, ‘The A-Team’, ‘The Fall Guy’ & ‘Royal Pains’.

Throughout his film career Hess' love for music never waned. He continued to produce music, including several albums ("Caught Up In The Moment" and "Live & Unplugged in Hollywood, 2002."). Some of his music can also be heard on more recent soundtracks, such as ‘Cabin Fever’ (2002) and ‘Manhunt’ (2008). Hess also composed the soundtrack for Wes Craven's classic 1972 cult shocker “The Last House On The Left” in collaboration with Steve Chapin (Let Time Go Lightly).

He passed away at the age of 75, just two years after his role in the 2009 horror epic “Smash Cut” starring Sasha Grey.
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Albums

SRM 1-604 David Hess - The Naked Carmen (Electric Rock Opera) album art John Corigliano & David A. Hess* / Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Paul Paray, Various John Corigliano & David A. Hess* / Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Paul Paray, Various - The Naked Carmen (Electric Rock Opera)(LP, Album, Promo, Phi) Mercury SRM 1-604 US 1970 Sell This Version
RBR 7299 David Hess - Last House On The Left (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art David Alexander Hess* Last House On The Left (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Rock Bottom Rules RBR 7299 US 1999 Sell This Version
DH/RCR-4802 David Hess - Caught Up In The Moment album art David Hess Caught Up In The Moment(CD, Album) David A. Hess Music DH/RCR-4802 US 2001 Sell This Version
none David Hess - Live And Unplugged In Hollywood 2002 album art David Hess Live And Unplugged In Hollywood 2002(CD, Album) David A. Hess Music none US 2002 Sell This Version
DIG015 David Hess - (Climbing Up The) Sunshine Path album art David Hess (Climbing Up The) Sunshine Path (Comp) Diggler Records DIG015 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CP-450 David Hess - Molly Barr album art King David* Molly Barr(7", Single, Promo) Probe CP-450 US 1968 Sell This Version
5-10311 David Hess - The Closer She Gets / Mrs. Perkins' Flowers album art David Hess & Jeremy Wind David Hess & Jeremy Wind - The Closer She Gets / Mrs. Perkins' Flowers(7", Single, Promo) Epic 5-10311 US 1968 Sell This Version