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Elliot Marvin Wolff (1955 – June 2016) was an American musician, songwriter, and music producer. Born in Oklahoma, he was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. His music catalog is represented by Downtown Music Publishing.

Elliot Wolff
BornMid-to-late 1955
DiedBetween (2016-06-07)June 7, 2016 and June 25, 2016(2016-06-25) (aged 60–61)
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, music producer
Associated acts



Wolff was the musical director for Peaches & Herb on tour from 1979 to 1982, traveling to Asia and Africa. He also toured with Chaka Khan as a keyboard player. Moving from the Washington, DC area to Los Angeles, he became a staff writer for producer Freddie Perren. He wrote Johnny Gill's top ten hit "Super Love" for Gill's self-titled 1983 album.

After hearing a demo for Wolff's "Straight Up", Paula Abdul recorded it and also Wolff's "Cold Hearted" for her album Forever Your Girl. Both songs charted at number one on Billboard.[1]

Taylor Dayne recorded Wolff's song "Heart of Stone" for her second album Can't Fight Fate.

Other artists who have recorded his songs include Aretha Franklin, Debbie Gibson, Gregg Tripp, Joey Lawrence, Atlantic Starr, Chynna Phillips, Color Me Badd, The Corrs, Dave Koz, A'Me Lorain, Jennifer Holliday, and Stacey Piersa.[2]


He died at the age of 60 sometime between June 7 and June 25, 2016, while on a solo camping and hiking trip near Pecos, New Mexico in Santa Fe National Forest.[3] New Mexico state police had reported that he was last seen on June 7, 2016; they suspended ground and helicopter searches for him on June 12.[4] On June 25, a body was discovered in the forest; based on identification found, it was believed to be Wolff.[3]

Selected songsEdit

Wolff has written or co-written the following songs:


  1. ^ a b Bronson, Fred. The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th ed., 2003, p.740.
  2. ^ "Elliot Wolff Music". Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  3. ^ a b "Body Found in Forest Suspected to be Missing Producer". Santa Fe New Mexican. 2016. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  4. ^ Andrew Oxford (2016). "Producer Missing Near Pecos Wilderness". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2016-06-14.

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