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Wes Farrell

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Wes Farrell December 21, 1939 – February 29, 1996 was an American musician, songwriter and record producer, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s1


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Farrell was one of the most prolific and influential songwriters, producers, publishers, and music executives of the 1960s and 1970s To date Farrell's catalogue includes close to 500 songs that he wrote, produced, or published One of his earliest successes, "Boys" co-written with Luther Dixon, appeared on the B-side of The Shirelles' number-one 1960 hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and in 1963 was covered by The Beatles for their debut album Please Please Me Farrell's biggest chart hit – the 1965 US #1 single "Hang on Sloopy" a reworking of "My Girl Sloopy", co-written with Bert Russell, aka Bert Berns – remains one of the most performed songs in the history of popular music, according to the RIAA "Hang on Sloopy" also became the Official Rock Song of the US state of Ohio, and the rock song for Ohio State University The song is so popular in Columbus, Ohio and on the Ohio State University campus that the song is played at every sports homes game and graduation; the official website of the athletics department is HangOnSloopycom

Other Farrell pop hits include The Animals' UK debut single "Baby Let Me Take You Home" co-written with Bert Russell, #21, 1964 and two big 1964 releases for Jay and the Americans: "Come a Little Bit Closer" co-written with songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, US #3 and "Let's Lock the Door And Throw Away the Key" with Roy Alfred, US #11 in early 1965 Farrell also co-wrote "Come and Take a Ride in My Boat" with Jerry Goldstein, slightly reworked in 1967 to provide Every Mother's Son with their signature hit "Come on Down to My Boat" US #6

Farrell's Top 40 hit "Look What You've Done" — first recorded in 1966 by the Pozo Seco Singers — appears on Carla Olson's 2013 album Have Harmony, Will Travel as a duet with Rob Waller of I See Hawks in LA

In 1966, Farrell wrote the theme song for Gammera the Invincible aka Gamera, the American cut of the first Gamera film 2

Between 1970 and 1973, Farrell hit big with The Partridge Family, co-writing not only "C'mon On, Get Happy" with Danny Janssen – the theme to their television series – but nearly 30 songs for their seven studio albums Partridge Family chart hits co-written by Farrell include "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted" with Jim Cretecos and Mike Appel, US #6, 1971 and "I'll Meet You Halfway" with Gerry Goffin, US #9, 1971 Notable album tracks include "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" with Jim Cretecos and Mike Appel, "Brand New Me" with Eddie Singleton, "I'm Here, You're Here" with Gerry Goffin, "One Night Stand" with Paul Anka, "Twenty-Four Hours a Day" with Danny Janssen, "Love Is All That I Ever Needed" with David Cassidy, "Hello, Hello" with Tony Romeo and "Something New Got Old" with Bobby Hart

Recording artists Farrell produced include the Partridge Family who actually consisted of David Cassidy and Shirley Jones with a team of studio musicians, Elephant's Memory whose songs "Jungle Gym at the Zoo" and "Old Man Willow" appeared in the movie Midnight Cowboy and singer Lulu two 1970s albums

Farrell went on to found Chelsea Records in 197234

Personal lifeedit

Farrell was born in 1939 in New York City, New York In 1965 he married Joan Arthurs, and they had a daughter, named Dawn Farrell and Arthurs divorced in 1972 He was married to actress/singer Tina Sinatra daughter of Frank in 1974, and to actress Pamela Hensley in 1979; both marriages ended in divorce Farrell was later married to real estate mogul Jean Inman and had two children, named Wesley and Sky Sky, a collage artist, died 29 Apr 2014 at age 28 Farrell died of cancer aged 56 in 1996 in Coconut Grove, Florida1


  1. ^ a b Lichtman, Irv March 16, 1996 "Songwriter/Exec Wes Farrell Dies" Billboard 108 11: 13 ISSN 0006-2510 Retrieved 2012-11-25 
  2. ^ American Film Institute 1997 The AFI Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1961-1970 University of California Press p 388 ISBN 0520209702 
  3. ^ Lichtman, Irv March 16, 1996 "Songwriter/Entrepreneur Wes Farrell Dies" Billboard 108 11: 118 ISSN 0006-2510 Retrieved 2012-11-25 
  4. ^ "Chelsea Hits Gold—Fast" Billboard 84 31: 3 July 29, 1972 ISSN 0006-2510 Retrieved 2012-11-25 

External linksedit

  • Wes Farrell on IMDb
  • Interview with Wes Farrell Tiger Beat, 1971

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