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Roy C. Bennett dies at 96; co-creator of movie songs for Elvis Presley

Roy C. Bennett dies at 96; co-creator of movie songs for Elvis Presley

Songwriter Roy C. Bennett co-wrote more than 40 songs recorded by Elvis Presley. None of them were major hits, but Bennett and writing partner Sid Tepper were not rock 'n' roll tunesmiths — they wrote ballads and novelty songs that Elvis sang in his popular movies.

Some Elvis historians look down on the movie songs — such as the duo's "Song of the Shrimp" from "Girls! Girls! Girls!" or "The Bullfighter was a Lady" from "Fun in Acapulco" — but not Bennett.

"I have always been disappointed that Elvis' movie songs are not considered worthy of him," Bennett said in a 2005 interview. "It should be remembered...

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