Artie Singer

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Artie Singer
BornFebruary 1, 1919
DiedMay 2, 2008(2008-05-02) (aged 89)
Occupationsongwriter, music producer and bandleader

Arthur "Artie" Singer (February 1, 1919  May 2, 2008) was an American songwriter, music producer and bandleader. [1] He was the co-writer and producer of the hit songs "At the Hop" and "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" by Danny & the Juniors. [2]

At the Hop single by Danny & the Juniors

"At the Hop" is a rock and roll/doo-wop song written by Artie Singer, John Medora, and David White and originally released by Danny & the Juniors. The song was released in the fall of 1957, and reached number one on the US charts on January 6, 1958, thus becoming one of the top-selling singles of 1958. "At the Hop" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers list. Somewhat more surprisingly, the record reached #3 on the Music Vendor country charts. It was also a big hit elsewhere, which included the group enjoying a number 3 placing with the song on the UK charts.

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Singer began his career as a bass player and performed on WIP radio and on the TV Show Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue . [1] He became well known as a vocal coach with his brother Harold, whose students included Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Al Martino and Bobby RydellJames Darren, and he was a vocal coach to Danny Kaye in the early 1950s. [1] Singer wrote hundred of songs for the educational children's TV program Gina D's Kids Club . [1] He also led the Artie Singer Orchestra. [1]

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As a songwriter, music producer and orchestra conductor, Singer's most famous songs were the hits "At the Hop" and "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay", released in 1957 and 1958, respectively. The songs were originally recorded by Danny & the Juniors. [1] "At the Hop", which Singer co-wrote with John Medora and David White, reached number one on the Billboard Top 100 on January 6, 1958, and remained there for seven consecutive weeks. It was also the number one song of the year. [3] He wrote the score to a Broadway musical, "Dream Weavers" with lyricist Marjorie Badarak, but it was never produced.

John L. Medora, also known as John or Johnny Madara, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who teamed up with David White and Arthur Singer to write the 1957 hit song "At the Hop".

David White Tricker, known as David White, was an American singer-songwriter. He formed, and was a founding member of the doo-wop quartet Danny & the Juniors as well as being a founding member of the pop trio The Spokesmen. He wrote "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" and co-wrote a number of other hit songs, including "At the Hop," "You Don't Own Me", and "1-2-3."

Payola involvement

On the 2008 nationally-televised PBS documentary Wages of Spin: Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the Payola Scandals, [4] Singer claimed that Dick Clark would not play "At the Hop", the hit song Singer co-wrote, without receiving half of the publishing proceeds. Singer agreed to make the payments and called the situation "bittersweet" because although he didn't like having to give the money, he credited his success in the music industry to Clark and therefore was grateful to him. Payola was not illegal at the time and Clark sold the song prior to the 1960 payola hearings.

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Personal life

Singer was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and moved to Buffalo, New York, to Brooklyn, and eventually to Philadelphia, where he graduated from Simon Gratz High School. [1] The son of a Jewish cantor, Singer performed at High Holiday services at local synagogues for over 50 years. [1] He was married twice. He and his first wife, Esther (Ivry), deceased, had a son, Richard, and daughter, Marcy Domosh, and two grandchildren. [1] Singer resided in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, when he died on May 2, 2008, at age 89. [5]

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