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(1942 – 2011)

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(1942 – 2011)

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(1942 – 2011)
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This is an online obituary dedicated to David Hess. David Alexander Hess was an American actor and songwriter.
David Hess was born in New York City. In 1956 David Hess recorded the original version of the Otis Blackwell composition "All Shook Up" under the stage name David Hill. The next year the song would become a #1 hit for Elvis Presley.
He began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music, in 1957. He composed "Start Movin'" for Sal Mineo and "Rockin' Shoes" for the Ames Brothers. He continued to write songs for Elvis Presley throughout the 1950s and 1960s, which include "Come Along," and "Sand Castles". "Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love" became a 1960s hit when it was performed by
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Andy Williams. In 1963, David Hess wrote and recorded "Speedy Gonzalez," (as David Dante) which became a #6 single for Pat Boone in the US and a #2 in the UK, selling more than eight million copies worldwide. David Hess then recorded two solo albums for Kapp Records, again topping the charts, this time with a Top Ten folk hit called "Two Brothers."
In 1969, he became head of A&R at Mercury Records in New York. There he linked up with Western classical composer John Corigliano, and together they wrote the Grammy award-winning rock opera, The Naked Carmen, which became a big hit of the Berlin Ballet Week in 1970. His work with Mercury also included And the Children Toll the Passing of the Day, a 1969 album he
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wrote for Irish actor Malachy McCourt.
In 1972, his career split off into several new directions with his starring role in the Wes Craven horror classic The Last House on the Left (1972), for which he also composed the soundtrack. He went on to score Buck at the Edge of the Heaven, a children's film based on a collection of Jack London stories. The film won the top prize for film and direction at the Giffoni Film Festival. He also had roles in Hitchhike and The House on the Edge of the Park.
A subsequent job offer from PolyGram' German affiliate gave David Hess the opportunity to move to Munich, Germany, and a multilingual career in film dubbing from 1972 to 1976 which in turn led him to writing the English
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language shooting scripts for such German directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Reinhard Hauff, and his present collaborator, Peter Schamoni.
In 1980, he directed his first American feature film, To All a Good Night, for Media Home Entertainment in 1980. He also appeared in two horror films directed by Ruggero Deodato, La Casa sperduta nel parco (1980) and Camping del terrore (1987). He appeared as a villain in Wes Craven's Swamp Thing in 1982.
In 1991, he played the part of the American in Peter Schamoni's Max Ernst—My Wanderings, My Unrest (1991). From 1993 to 1995 he produced Niki de Saint Phalle: Wer ist das Monster - du oder ich? (1996).
David Hess' newest musical accomplishments include
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the release of two recent albums, Caught Up In The Moment and Live & Unplugged in Hollywood, 2002. He lived most recently in Northern California, just outside of San Francisco, with his wife, with whom he had three children. He recently worked on several tracks for the horror film Cabin Fever (2003), directed by Eli Roth. His final appearance was on the television series Royal Pains in 2010.
David Hess died on the 8th October 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to David Hess and his career. May he rest in peace.
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I met David last year at horror find in PA. He was my idol and a great person. He will be missed.
Love ya David
Sherry
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This is an online obituary dedicated to David Hess. David Alexander Hess was an American actor and songwriter.
David Hess was born in New York City. In 1956 David Hess recorded the original version of the Otis Blackwell composition "All Shook Up" under the stage name David Hill. The next year the song would become a #1 hit for Elvis Presley.
He began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music, in 1957. He composed "Start Movin'" for Sal Mineo and "Rockin' Shoes" for the Ames Brothers. He continued to write songs for Elvis Presley throughout the 1950s and 1960s, which include "Come Along," and "Sand Castles". "Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love" became a 1960s hit when it was performed by...

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