A Piece of the Big-Time

(my songs - my success - my struggle for survival)

by Baker Knight



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/23/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 436
ISBN : 9781420834321

About the Book

From the Award Winning Songwriter, Baker Knight, comes his memoir. It’s brimming with a sense of humor and poetry not yet set to music – it tells one of the most heart-rending life stories you will likely hear – from the slow-paced Southern city of Birmingham to the fast-track Hollywood scene and back again.  Throughout his life of triumph and failure, he searches for help for a complex medical condition, and seeks understanding and compassion from family, friends and colleagues – both seem to be elusive.  His personal and business successes make a captivating read.  He takes us back to the magical late 50’s, the 60’s, and 70’s to a Hollywood filled with the stars of yesteryear – teenage idols to the King of Rock and Roll.  The Horrorhouse of his youth is left behind as he becomes a young man, but it never seems to let go.  He is driven by a great talent and sense of survival.  It may have you laughing, crying, or tugging at your heartstrings, but it will always entertain.  This fascinating book could only have been written by someone as sensitive and gentle as this great songwriter.


                                Maxine Singleton

                                Assistant Editor 

About the Author

Baker Knight''s songs have been recorded by over forty artists.

Aside from writing Ricky Nelson''s Rock Classic "Lonesome Town,"

Ricky recorded a total of 22 songs written by Baker including "Never Be Anyone Else But You," "I Got A Feelin''" and "Sweeter Than You." "Lonesome Town" was also recorded by Sir Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.


Baker also wrote "The Wonder of You" which was recorded by Elvis Presley and became an international hit. The song was also done by Ray Peterson and The Sandpipers.


Dean Martin recorded eleven of his songs including "Somewhere There''s A Someone."


In addition, Mickey Gilley recorded "Don''t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time," winner of The Academy of Country Music''s Song Of The Year Award for 1976.