Friday, February 1, 2008

Fred Rose, songwriter

Fred Rose (August 24, 1897 - December 1, 1954) was an American Hall of Fame songwriter and music publishing executive. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Fred Rose started playing piano and singing as a small boy. In his teens, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked in bars busking for tips and eventually made it into vaudeville. Eventually he became successful as a songwriter, penning his first hit for entertainer Sophie Tucker. On its founding in 1961, Fred Rose was made a charter member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.

"Red Hot Mama" performed by Sophie Tucker
Words and Music by Fred Rose

"Kaw-Liga" performed by Charlie Pride
Words and Music by Fred Rose and Hank Williams

"Take These Chains From My Heart" performed by Ray Charles
Words and Music by Fred Rose and Hy Heath

"Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" performed by Walter Ostanek (Canada's Polka King!)
Words and Music by Fred Rose

"'Deed I Do" performed by Diana Krall
Words and Music by Fred Rose and Walter Hirsch


At February 1, 2008 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Alex said...

This one was tougher than I thought it would be. Even though Fred Rose is mostly known for his work with Hank Williams and Roy Acuff, I was unable video of either of them performing Rose's songs on YouTube.


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