Fred Tobias

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Fred Tobias is an American songwriter, who was most prominent in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Tobias' songs have been performed by numerous performers, including Elvis Presley, Bobby Rydell, The Poni-Tails, Patti Page, Susan Maughan, Hank Locklin, Jimmy Jones, Roy Orbison, k.d. Lang, Showaddywaddy and Ricky Nelson.[1][2] His most successful songs were "Good Timin' by Jimmy Jones, Johnny Will by Pat Boone and "Hello, This is Joanie" by Paul Evans. His song "Born Too Late" by the Poni-Tails reached number 7 in the US and number 5 in the UK in 1958.[3] His "Blue River" co-written with Paul Evans was performed by Elvis Presley in 1966, reaching number 22 in the UK charts.[4] [5]

Tobias worked with several other composers including Lee Pockriss, Charles Strouse, Burt Bacharach, Clint Ballard, Stanley Lebowsky and Paul Evans.[6] He also contributed to film musicals writing "Take Off With Us" from All That Jazz with Stanley Lebowsky and the lyrics for the musicals Gantry, Fosse and Pousse-Café.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Fred Tobias". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Fred Tobias at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  3. ^ "UK Chart History - Poni-Tails". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Blue River - Elvis Presley". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  5. ^ "UK Charts - Elvis Presley". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  6. ^ "Fred Tobias". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  7. ^ "Lebowsky Tobias". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 

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