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Musician and Songwriter Arthur Singer Dies at 89

May 15, 2008
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Arthur Singer

Arthur "Artie" Singer, 89, an accomplished musician and songwriter, died May 2.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Singer followed in the footsteps of his father, a cantor. He performed High Holiday services for more than 50 years for Temple Beth El in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Adath Israel in Merion, among others.

Singer moved to Philadelphia as a teenager and graduated from Simon Gratz High School. He began his musical career as an accomplished bass player performing with live bands for WIP Radio and on TV for the Paul Whiteman Show. He gained notoriety as a vocal coach with his brother Harold, whose students include such names as Al Martino, Bobby Rydel, Chubby Checker and Frankie Avalon.

He co-wrote and produced two massive doo wop hit records, "At the Hop" and "Rock 'n' Roll Is Here to Stay," both recorded by Danny & the Juniors.

Singer was a successful bandleader (Artie Singer Orchestra), and up until his death was prolific in his songwriting collaboration with Roy Straigis, writing hundreds of songs for the PBS syndicated show "Gina D's Kid Club." He also had in the works a musical play/movie called "Dreamweavers."

Singer is survived by his wife, the former Rhonda Goldstein; daughter Marcy S. Domosh; son Richard C. Singer; two grandchildren; a niece and two nephews.

He was the husband of the late Esther (Ivry) Singer.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Cantors Assembly, 3080 Broadway, Suite 606, New York, N.Y. 10027.

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