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Aaron Schroeder (September 7, 1926, Brooklyn, New York – December 2, 2009, Englewood, New Jersey) was an American songwriter and music publisher.

Aaron Harold Schroder (or Aaron Harold Schröder), he graduated from the school now known as the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.[1]

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Songwriter

Having become an ASCAP member in 1948, Schroeder's first success, At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade was one of the songs to introduce Rosemary Clooney as a solo recording artist. He proceeded to write more that 1500 songs seeking the varied talent of many collaborators. His chart record in the United Kingdom, as a writer, is 27 hits, 3 number ones, 9 top tens and 225 weeks on the chart.

He wrote seventeen songs for Elvis Presley including five that reached number one:

It's Now or Never as recorded by Presley was selected as number 75 in Billboard Magazines top 100 songs on their 100th anniversary "Greatest Hits Chart". He had more than 500 song recordings to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone. Schroeder made a cameo appearance in the 1957 Warner Bros. rock and roll movie Jamboree as a songwriter. [2]

Record producer

Schroeder was founder and president of Musicor Records (1960-1965), a front runner of the independent labels to be distributed by a major company worldwide. He discovered, managed and directed the career of Gene Pitney and produced the Academy Award Nominee for Best Song, Town Without Pity. Other credits include his first album, The Child is Father to the Man for Blood, Sweat and Tears. With Hal David and Burt Bacharach he conceived the marriage of the Pitney sound with David and Bacharach's songs, producing a string of record successes like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Only Love Can Break a Heart and 24 Hours from Tulsa.

Death

Aaron Schroeder died on December 2, 2009 in Englewood, New Jersey, aged 83. For the last five years, he was a resident of the Lillian Booth Actors' Home of the Actors Fund in Englewood. His death comes after a long battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare form of Dementia.[3]

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Sources

  • Untold Gold (The Stories Behind Elvis's #1 Hits), by Ace Collins (2005; Chicago Review Press Inc.)
  • Writing for the King, by Ken Sharp (2006), Follow That Dream Records and Sony/BMG of Denmark
  • Elvis - his Life from A to Z, by Fred Worth and Steve Tamerius, Wings Books
  • Harper's Bazaar, April 1961 issue
  • Berkshire Magazine Spring, 1993 issue
  • Billboard's 100th Anniversary Edition, published in 1994
  • Billboard's 50th Anniversary of The Hot 100 Edition, published in 2008
  • Billboard September 24, 1977 issue ("Schroeder Firms Go To Interworld")
  • Record World, May 8, 1976 issue ("Schroeder Celebrates 28th Industry Anniversary")
  • Cash Box, October 1, 1977 issue ("Interworld buys A. Schroeder Publisher")


Aaron Schroeder is an alternative rock singer influenced by traditional American grunge music (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mudhoney) and modern hard rock (Wolf Mother, Limp Bizkit, Hinder). He has released one record titled "Southern balls In A Western Sack" and is currently working on his interracial adult film, "Black & Gold".

Hailing from Woodland Hills California, Aaron's musical career began at the age of 11 when he saw Candlebox preform in L.A. "I was absolutely fuckin' psyched!!". From then on, afternoons at the Schroeder household consisted of Aaron and his childhood friend Guthrie playing 4 Non Blondes covers and eating meals of Kosher hot dogs chopped up in macaroni. A few years later Aaron led his group of friends out of the bedroom and into the gymnasium of Bayside High School to preform a cover of "Teenage Whore" by Hole for the Baysipalooza talent show. "Those were the spinach days. Just playin true alterna tunes. No managers, preteen girlfriends, cough syrup, and skateboards. A lot has changed." Aaron was right, an awful lot did change. No one, not even Aaron could for see what was to soon happen.

A year after Aaron's preformance at Baysipalooza, Aaron took a job as an extra on the set of Boy Meets World. It just so happened to be that the episode he signed on for included a preformance by singer Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush. To Aaron's luck, Gavin's hemp necklace unexpectedly shrank after swimming, and Gavin was forced to seek medical attention off the set. When ABC producer Joel Watrous called out in response to this, "Does anyone here sing and play guitar?", Aaron stepped up and sang his new song "Crominium (Dead) Rabbits". Watrous was blown away by Schroeder's preformance, and decided to sign him to Jive Records on the spot.

The 5 long years after signing to Jive weren't smooth. Aaron's ripe young body would soon be devoured by the Hollywood Party scene. Aaron soon found himself following the lines of coke into pornography sets. After paying his.. dues, Aaron 'Kosher Dill' Schroeder, became a star of the porn industry. Though Aaron's attention was on his film career, he never forgot about music. Unlike his work on the film set, Aaron never finished with his album. The chapter of Schroeder's Hollywood life would suddenly come to a close on a June afternoon when he received a phone call from both the upset record label, and the health clinic. Jive would drop Aaron the day before he went in for a treatment for syphilis.

Now on his own, Aaron relocated to Portland Oregon. While walking through a Borders books one afternoon, Aaron found himself face to face with the "bitch who gave me the clap". To settle things, she offered him a job as an underwear model. Lacking money, Aaron jumped on board and toured Asia in a pair of briefs. Fed up with the modeling jobs, for they conjured up memories of his former fuck film career, Aaron quit and walked off the runways with the fruit of his labors. A Macintosh Powerbook.

This Apple computer would prove to be far more than 'a computer'. When Aaron discovered a "Totally Grunge" compilation, and sample tracks by Limp Bizkit and Hinder on the Mac, he was inspired to jump back into music. The following month was one huge late night of mixing and remixing Aarons music for producer Caron Aramer. If it hadn't been for Caron's skills, Aarons dream of "Southern balls In A Western Sack" wouldn't have ever come true.

Aaron Schroeder lives a very unpredictable life, as shown by his history, though it is known that his move to the projects has inspired him to work on his first interracial adult film, "Black & Gold".

  • Aaron Schroeder: 'A Movin' Movin' Train', NPR
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