George Green (songwriter)

George Michael Green (January 28, 1952 – August 28, 2011) was an American songwriter. His collaborations with his childhood friend John Mellencamp include the Top 10 Billboard hits "Crumblin' Down" and "Hurts So Good", as well as "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)", a #1 hit in Canada.[1]

George Green
Birth nameGeorge Michael Green
Born(1952-01-28)January 28, 1952
Seymour, Indiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 28, 2011(2011-08-28) (aged 59)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
GenresRock, heartland rock, roots rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Songwriter
Associated actsJohn Mellencamp

CareerEdit

Green was John Mellencamp's long-time writing partner. He was a classmate and childhood friend of Mellencamp's from Seymour, Indiana.[2] In 1985, Green's wife appeared in the video for Mellencamp's Top 10 hit "Lonely Ol' Night".[2] In addition to writing with Mellencamp, Green also wrote songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Level 42, Hall & Oates, Jude Cole, Vanessa Williams, Percy Sledge, Gary Morris, and The Oak Ridge Boys among others.[1]

CreditsEdit

Green's songwriting credits with Mellencamp include:

Green's songwriting credits with Carla Olson include:

  • "The Grand Blvd." recorded by Percy Sledge on his 1994 album Blue Night.
  • "Secret Graves," which Olson included on her 1988 self-titled album aka Sweden USA.

DeathEdit

Green died on August 28, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 59 after suffering from a rapid-forming small cell lung cancer.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Leonard, Mike (August 30, 2011). "Songwriter George Green dies at age 59". Bloomington Herald-Times. Bloomington, Indiana. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Johnson, Heather (November 1, 2007). Born In A Small Town. Omnibus Press. pp. 147, 12, 77. ISBN 978-0-8256-7336-8.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Cougar: Chestnut Street Incident". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th Edition). Billboard Books. pp. 418–419. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Cougar: American Fool". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Mellencamp: Uh-Huh". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Mellencamp: Scarecrow". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee". AllMusic. Retrieved November 3, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "John Mellencamp: Mr. Happy Go Lucky". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)