Winfield Scott (songwriter)

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Winfield Scott (November 27, 1920 – October 26, 2015) (also known as Robie Kirk) was an American songwriter, who wrote or co-wrote the hit songs "Tweedle Dee" for LaVern Baker and "Return to Sender" for Elvis Presley.[1] "Return to Sender", written for the Presley film Girls! Girls! Girls!, was a U.K. No.1 single and peaked at No.2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Scott was a longtime collaborator of Otis Blackwell and together they were hired to write a song for the Elvis Presley film Roustabout. While the film was released in 1964, the song "I'm a Roustabout" was not used, producer Hal Wallis instead preferring "Roustabout", written by Bill Giant, Bernie Baum and Florence Kaye, as the title song.[2] In 2003, a remark made to a reporter by Scott started a search for the lost recording of the Presley song, which was eventually found and released on the 2003 Elvis Presley compilation album, 2nd to None.[3][4] Another Scott and Blackwell collaboration is the R&B classic "Home In Your Heart".[5]

Scott also wrote "Many Tears Ago" for Connie Francis. Released in October, 1960, the song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Scott died 26 October 2015 at age 94.

Partial song list[edit]

  • "Burn That Candle" (Bill Haley, Emmylou Harris)
  • "Bop-Ting-a-Ling" with Blackwell
  • "We’re Comin’ In Loaded" with Blackwell
  • "Easy Question" with Blackwell
  • "Return to Sender" with Blackwell
  • "One Broken Heart For Sale" with Blackwell
  • Oh Why?
  • "Please Don’t Drag That String Around" with Blackwell
  • "Long Legged Girl" with Leslie McFarland
  • "Stranger in the Crowd"
  • "Comfy'n Cozy" with Blackwell (Conway Twitty)
  • "A Bucket of Tears" (Peggy Lee)
  • "Sweetheart" (Peggy Lee)
  • "That's Right" (Mills Brothers) 1956
  • "Mister Moon" (Pat Boone) 1963
  • "Many Tears Ago" (Connie Francis)


  1. ^ "Interview with Winfield Scott". Retrieved 2006-11-13.
  2. ^ "Press Release - "I'm A Roustabout"". Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  3. ^ "Lost Elvis Song I'm a Roustabout". Retrieved 2006-11-20.
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2003-10-07). "2nd to None - Elvis Presley : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  5. ^ "The Derek Trucks Band". Archived from the original on 2006-11-12. Retrieved 2006-11-20.

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