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John Leslie McFarland

John Leslie McFarland

American popular music composer and arranger
John Leslie McFarland
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Intro American popular music composer and arranger
Was Musician Composer Music arranger Songwriter
From United States of America
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 1926
Death 1971 (aged 45 years)
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Biography

John Leslie McFarland (May 12, 1926 – January, 1971) was an American popular music composer and arranger.

Career

Early in his career McFarland wrote several songs for Bill Haley and His Comets: "Rockin' Rollin' Rover", "You Hit The Wrong Note Billy Goat", co-writing "Teenager's Mother" with Curtis R. Lewis.

One of McFarland's earliest songs, co-written with Billy Moore, Jr., was "You Dyed Your Hair Chartreuse". It was recorded by Louis Jordan in 1950.

In 1959 he co-wrote "Wang Dang Taffy Apple Tango" with Aaron Schroeder, and the song was recorded by Pat Boone.

McFarland co-wrote the song "Stuck On You" with Aaron Schroeder for Elvis Presley. The song was Presley's first hit single after two years in the US Army, recorded March 1960. The single rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late-April of that year, and became Presley's thirteenth hit overall. "Stuck On You" was one of six Elvis Presley songs featured in the 2002 Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch".

McFarland arranged the songs on Aretha Franklin's debut album for Columbia Records Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo and wrote six songs for the album: "Won't Be Long", "Love Is The Only Thing", "Sweet Lover", "Right Now", "Maybe I'm A Fool", and "Blue By Myself".

In 1962 McFarland wrote four songs on Franklin's second studio album with Columbia, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin.

McFarland co-wrote the song "Little Children" with Mort Shuman for Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas. The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in March 1964, and number seven in the US Hot 100 singles chart later the same year.

McFarland struggled with alcohol addiction throughout much of his career.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 01 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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