Wise Music Corporation, part of Wise Music Group, has acquired Emily Music Corporation, following on from a longstanding working relationship lasting over a quarter of a century. Emily Music includes hit songs by Lee Pockriss (1924-2011) and Paul Vance (b.1929) such as the Grammy-winning song “Catch A Falling Star”, as well as “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and “Playground In My Mind”.
Sonja Pockriss, Lee Pockriss’ widow says: “I have been working together with Wise Music Group, particularly with John Castaldo, for the past 25 years to foster and nurture my late husband’s catalog of songs. I know Lee would agree that this is the best home for his catalog, indefinitely.”
Tomas Wise, Chief Executive Officer of Wise Music USA comments: “Wise Music is honored to have been trusted with the important musical legacy of Lee Pockriss and will ensure his timeless classics such as Itsy Bitsy, Catch A Falling Star and Johnny Angel remain part of America’s great musical heritage for many generations to come.”
The Emily Music catalogue comprises nearly 350 songs, including others such as “Johnny Angel” penned by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss, and “Calcutta,” the German pop song with English lyrics by Pockriss and Vance.
Recent synch placements across the globe include “Catch A Falling Star” in The Muppets Show, Hollywood and CoComelon, “Itsy Bitsie Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” in Maroc Telecom’s recent advert, and “Calcutta” featured in Crashing.