Biography

Abilene Music was founded by George David Weiss, an American songwriter, former President of the Songwriters Guild of America, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.  Starting out as an arranger for such big bands as those of Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez, and Johnny Richards he went on to become one of the most prolific songwriters of 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.   

Abilene Music was founded by George David Weiss, an American songwriter, former President of the Songwriters Guild of America, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.  Starting out as an arranger for such big bands as those of Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez, and Johnny Richards he went on to become one of the most prolific songwriters of 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.   His first hit song, “Oh, What It Seemed To Be” for Frank Sinatra, reached #1 in the Billboard chart and was just one of his many songs attaining high rankings on the charts. 

 

The catalogue includes legendary hits such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, “A Walkin’ Miracle”, and “Let’s Put It All Together” by artists including Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, and The Isley Brothers.  Weiss also contributed to a number of film scores including Murder, Inc. and Gidget Goes to Rome as well as collaborated on Broadway musicals including Maggie Flynn, co-written with Hugo & Luigi.   Hugo & Luigi, the songwriter and record producer, Hugo Peretti along with his cousin, Luigi Creatore are also part of the Abilene Catalog.  This duo has recently been nominated for induction into the 2014 Songwriter Hall of Fame.

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