Bert Berns (top) and Wes Farrell (co-writer of “Hang on Sloopy”) | BMI | 14487
Bertrand Russell Berns was born on 8 November 1929 and died young on 30 December 1967. A record producer and song writer, his recording of “Hitch Hike” under the name Russel Byrd was an early Sue UK Single release. He is associated with famous songs including “Hang on Sloopy”, “Twist and Shout”, “Piece of my heart” and many others. He is also associated with Atlantic Records. The book “Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues” by Joel Selvin was published in 2014.