Morris (Murray) Wecht, Nana Bear’s music composer, songwriter, and studio manager, died on Sept. 12 at Cedars Sinai Hospital of respiratory failure. He was 65.

Wecht penned more than 125 songs, including the Jo Stafford-sung “Wind in the Willow,” “If I Should Lose You,” performed by the Dreamlovers, and “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” with John Walsh.

A self-taught pianist, Wecht worked in New York before re-locating to Los Angeles, where he managed, among others, Heritage and Silvery Moon Studios. He worked for Capitol Records and Howard King Agency, and as a staff writer for April Blackwood.

He is survived by his sister, Judy Blumstein, and her family in Pennsylvania.

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