Sid Tepper, Elvis Presley Songwriter, Dead at 96

Billboard Breaking News

Songwriter Sid Tepper, best known for his work writing songs for Elvis Presley, died on Friday (April 24) of natural causes. He was 96.

Tepper's publicist confirmed the news to Billboard, adding that he died at his home on Williams Island in Miami Beach, Florida surrounded by his family.

Tepper wrote 45 songs for Presley, but also wrote tracks for other artists including Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong, Wayne Newton, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson, Eartha Kitt and more.

Some of his most well-known songs include "The Lady Loves Me" performed by Presley and Ann-Margret as well as "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane," "Kiss of Fire," "G.I. Blues," "Red Roses For A Blue Lady," and "Don't Come Running Back To Me."

A vet of WWII where he served for the Special Services performing for the troops, he joined ASCAP in 1947. He won a BMI Award for 1 million plays of Georgia Gibbs' "Kiss of Fire." Additionally he won a Country Music Award for Eddie Arnold's version of "Red Roses For A Blue Lady." In 2002, he was honored in Memphis for his work with Presley.

Tepper was born on June 25, 1918. His wife, Lillian, died 10 years ago. He is survived by 5 children (Susan Tepper-Kopacz, Michelle Tepper-Kapit, Brian Tepper, Warren Tepper and Jackie Tepper), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.