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Mark James question

Mon May 17, 2010 10:15 am

I know songwriter Mark James wrote hits for B.J. Thomas ''Eyes of a New York woman'' and ''Hooked on a feeling'' and he wrote several songs that Elvis recorded but what else did he write?

Does anyone know of any hit records Mark James wrote not recorded by Elvis or B.J. Thomas?

Any hits that he wrote in the 70's for other artists?

I am drawing a blank

Re: Mark James question

Mon May 17, 2010 11:05 am

Have tied the ASCAP and BMI databases.

Search by composer name.

Re: Mark James question

Mon May 17, 2010 11:13 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Have tied the ASCAP and BMI databases.

Search by composer name.


Yes, I have

When I went to those websites and typed in his name in the search engine it gave me a list of previously held songwriter banquets or upcoming award shows for songwriters.

Nothing specific about Mark's songs

When you do a basic google search it will just mention Hooked on a feeling, Always on my mind, Moody Blue and Suspicious minds but won't talk about songs he wrote for other people besides B.J. and Elvis.

Maybe he's not as prolific as I thought.

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 1:12 am

I see what you mean!

Did some checking Mark James is a "stage" name . His real name is Francis Zambon.

BMI list 230 compositions

http://repertoire.bmi.com/writer.asp?fr ... =269322061

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 2:16 am

KiwiAlan wrote:I see what you mean!

Did some checking Mark James is a "stage" name . His real name is Francis Zambon.

BMI list 230 compositions

http://repertoire.bmi.com/writer.asp?fr ... =269322061

no wonder he changed his name to mark james lol..I wonder what influenced him to pick those two names for his first and last name..hmmm..I think it was some sort of book...hmmmmmmm..I'm trying to remember the name of the book but it will come to me eventually..probebly one of those books that most people don't know about..

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 2:40 am

At least he didn't change it to Dr Mark James.

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 3:05 am

KiwiAlan wrote:I see what you mean!

Did some checking Mark James is a "stage" name . His real name is Francis Zambon.

BMI list 230 compositions

http://repertoire.bmi.com/writer.asp?fr ... =269322061


Thanks KiwiAlan

I never thought about Mark James not being his real name.

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 3:19 am

KiwiAlan wrote:Did some checking Mark James is a "stage" name . His real name is Francis Zambon.

Mark James is his professional name, on stage and in the studio.


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He was born in Houston as Francis Zamboni, shortened to Francis Zambon when he listed the songwriter on his 1968 Scepter single of "Suspicious Minds."

James is affiliated with the BMI performing rights organization. He started professionally writing, in Memphis at Chips Moman's request, for Press Music, and later moved to New York became a staff writer at Screen Gems-Columbia Music. He also produced and did some recording.

A repertoire search of the BMI website reveals "230 work titles," as noted above. Some are album tracks for artists like B.J. Thomas, others may well be tracks awaiting an artist.

Click here --> Songwriter/Composer: JAMES MARK

Besides the hits already spoken of, Mark scored with:

Sunday Sunrise - Brenda Lee
One Hell Of A Woman - Mac Davis (co-written with Davis)

"Always On My Mind," a collaboration with John Christopher and Wayne Carson Thompson, is his greatest success.

It's amazing how many people have covered this one, two had major hits.

A sample:

David Axelrod
Big Daddy
Ruth Brown
Michael Bublé
Sonny Charles
Floyd Cramer
Fantasia
James Galway
Julio Iglesias
James Last
Brenda Lee
Anne Murray
Willie Nelson
Pet Shop Boys

Elvis Presley
Stylistics
Roger Whittaker


Enjoy.
Last edited by drjohncarpenter on Tue May 18, 2010 3:26 am, edited 3 times in total.

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 3:22 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:
KiwiAlan wrote:Did some checking Mark James is a "stage" name . His real name is Francis Zambon.

Mark James is his professional name, on stage and in the studio.

He was born as Francis Zamboni, shortened to Francis Zambon when he listed the songwriter on his 1968 Scepter single of "Suspicious Minds."

James is affiliated with the BMI performing rights organization.

A repertoire search of the BMI website reveals "230 work titles," as noted above. Some are album tracks for artists like B.J. Thomas, same may well be tracks awaiting an artist.

Click here --> Songwriter/Composer: JAMES MARK

Besides the hits already spoken of, Mark scored with:

Sunday Sunrise - Brenda Lee
One Hell Of A Woman - Mac Davis (co-written with Davis)

"Always On My Mind," a collaboration with John Christopher and Wayne Carson Thompson, is his greatest success.

It's amazing how many people have covered this one, two had major hits.

A sample:

David Axelrod
Big Daddy
Ruth Brown
Michael Bublé
Sonny Charles
Floyd Cramer
Fantasia
James Galway
Julio Iglesias
James Last
Brenda Lee
Anne Murray
Willie Nelson
Pet Shop Boys

Elvis Presley
Stylistics
Roger Whittaker


Enjoy.


Thank you

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 3:38 am

Thanks Doc for following my lead.
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I am so glad that you have learned something.

All power to Google!

Re: Mark James question

Tue May 18, 2010 3:55 am

brian wrote:Thank you

You're welcome. You inspired a new topic!