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MAX C FREEDMAN

One of his first successes as a writer, credited as Ray Freedman, was “Sioux City Sue”, a hit record for the song’s co-writer Dick Thomas in 1945

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: American songwriter and lyricist

Known For: Remembered for co-writing the song “Rock Around the Clock”.

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Date Born: 8th January 1893
Location Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Date Died: 8th October 1962
Location Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS

Website:  Steyn’s Song of the Week: Rock Around The Clock

Other Links: See below:

BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Max C. Freedman

An American songwriter and lyricist, best remembered for co-writing the song “Rock Around the Clock”.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became a radio announcer, writer and entertainer, before joining the staff of a music publishing company.

He joined ASCAP in 1942. One of his first successes as a writer, credited as Ray Freedman, was “Sioux City Sue”, a hit record for the song’s co-writer Dick Thomas in 1945, and later recorded by many others including Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Bob Wills and Willie Nelson.

His other successful songs, several of which were written with Morty Berk and Frank Capano, included “Dreamy Old New England Moon”, “Heartbreaker” (1947), and “Tea Leaves” (1948).

He wrote the words to a novelty song, “Rock Around the Clock”, for which the tune was credited to “Jimmy DeKnight”, a pseudonym used by music publisher and promoter James E. Myers. The song was published in early 1953, though there is evidence that it was written in 1952 and there are claims that Freedman wrote the song in its entirety.

Although Bill Haley & His Comets were supposed to be the first to record it, a dispute between Myers and Dave Miller, the owner of Essex Records, prevented Haley from doing so.

The first recording of the song was made by an Italian-American novelty group, Sonny Dae & His Knights. Haley finally recorded it in 1954 for Decca Records and in 1955, the song became a No. 1 record, one of the first of the rock and roll era.

Freedman died in 1962 at the age of 69.

LINKS:Steyn’s Song of the Week: Rock Around The Clock

  1. “Max C. Freedman”

    . Find a Grave. Retrieved February 11, 2014.

  2. Jump up ^ “Sioux City Sue”

    . Accessed 12 February 2012

  3. Jump up ^ Max C. Freedman at dbopm.com

    . Accessed 12 February 2012

  4. Jump up ^ Songwriting credits at ASCAP

    . Accessed 12 February 2012

  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c “Rock Around the Clock” at Rockabilly Hall of Fame

    . Accessed 12 February 2012