[JPL] Songwriters Birthdays - December

Michelle Mobley michelle_mobley at sbcglobal.net
Sun Dec 2 02:26:07 EST 2007

Dick - 

Let's not forget my favorite Italian-American performer of popular music born
in December:

Dec. 7 (1910)   Louis Prima - Although the tune he is most famous for writing
both the music and lyrics to is "Sing, Sing, Sing", he re-arranged the lyrics
of many old standards to bring them back to life. Additionally, he is credited
with writing the words and music to:  Twinkle In Your Eye, Just As Much,
Bourbon Street Blues, Everybody Knows, Big Daddy amd some schmaltzier stuff as
he struggled to remain marketable past his era.

- also -

Dec. 12 (1915)  Although Ol'Blue Eyes is not credited with writing anything,
Frank Sinatra is/was, perhaps the best intrepreter of many of the standards you
listed, also beautifully re-arranging the lyrics to old and lost Tin Pan Alley
tunes to return them to popular music.  (We make his birthday an annual event
for an excuse to find a high-end Italian restaurant that will play his music
while we dine.)

Michelle from Peeedro
<michelle_mobley at sbcglobal.net>

 --- dick lapalm <dlpjazz at thegrid.net> wrote:

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> Dec. 1  (1896)   Ray Henderson    Music:   The Best Things in Life Are 
> Free, It All Depends On You, Birth of the Blues, Bye Bye Blackbird, The 
> Thrill Is Gone.
> Dec. 2  (1915)   Adolph Green    Lyrics:  Never Never Land, The Party's 
> Over, Just In Time, Make Someone Happy.
> Dec. 3  (1909)   Dana Suesse     Music:   The Night is Young and You're 
> So Beautiful, My Silent Love, You Ought To Be in Pictures.
> Dec. 6  (1896)   Ira Gershwin    Lyrics:  'S Wonderful, Embraceable You, 
> I've Got a Crush On You, The Man I Love, Fascinating Rhythm, Someone To 
> Watch Over Me, But Not For Me, Soon, Who Cares?, They All Laughed.
> Dec. 9  (1903)   Matty Malneck    Music:   Goody Goody, I'm Through With 
> Love, Stairway to The Stars, I'll Never Be the Same.
> Dec. 10  (1893)   Lew Brown    Music:  Birth of The Blues, Lucky In 
> Love, That Old Feeling, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Button Up Your 
> Overcoat, Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.
> Dec. 10  (1906)   Harold Adamson   Lyrics:  This Is a Lovely Way To 
> Spend An Evening, It's a Most Unusual Day, Time On My Hands, How Blue 
> The Night, Everything I Have Is Yours.
> Dec. 12  (1923)   Bob Dorough    Music & Lyrics:  I've Got Just About 
> Everything, But For Now, There's Never Been a Day.  Music:  Devil May 
> Care, Nothing Like You.
> Dec. 16  (1895)   Andy Razaf    Lyrics:  Ain't Misbehavin', S'posin, 
> Honeysuckle Rose, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You?, Stompin' At The Savoy.
> Dec. 16  (1899)   Noel Coward    Music & Lyrics:  A Room With a View, 
> Mad About The Boy, If Love Were All, Poor Little Rich Girl.
> Dec. 19  (1928)   Morris Charlap     Music:   You Only You, I Won't Grow 
> Up, Great Day in the Morning, I Gotta Crow, Love Eyes, Young Ideas
> Dec. 20  (1907)   Paul F. Webster   Lyrics:  I've Got It Bad and That 
> Ain't Good, The Shadow of Your Smile, Baltimore Oriole, Secret Love, 
> Jump For Joy, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.
> Dec. 21  (1905)   Harry Revel    Music:  There's a Lull in My Life, Stay 
> As Sweet As You Are, And So To Bed, Never In a Million Years.
> Dec. 24  (1893)   Harry Warren    Music:  At Last, Jeepers Creepers, 
> There Will Never Be Another You, This Heart of Mine, I Only Have Eyes 
> For You, September In The Rain, The More I See You.
> Dec. 26  (1921)   Steve Allen   Music & Lyrics:  This Could Be The Start 
> of Something, Impossible, Gravy Waltz, Pretend You Don't See Her.
> Dec. 27  (1902)   Sam Coslow    Music:  Cocktails For Two, I'm In Love 
> With The Honorable Mr. So and So, My Old Flame, Just One More Chance.
> Dec. 27  (1906)   Oscar Levant    Music:  Blame It On My Youth, 
> Afterglow, Pardon My Love.
> Dec. 27  (1916)    John Frigo   Music:  Detour Ahead, Seeing You Like 
> This, I Told Ya' I Love Ya' Now Get Out.
> Dec. 28  (1899)   Abner Silver    Music:  With These Hands, How Did He 
> Look?, The Mood That I'm In, There Goes My Heart.
> Dec. 28  (1906)   Ann Ronell     Music & Lyrics:   Willow Weep For Me, 
> Linda, My Heart Is Showing.
> Dec. 31  (1885)   Edgar Leslie    Lyrics:  A Little Bit Independent, For 
> Me and My Gal, Among My Souvenirs, Lost In a Dream.
> Dec. 31  (1905)   Jule Styne    Music:  Just In Time, Guess I'll Hang My 
> Tears Out To Dry, People, Time After Time, It's You Or No One, Three 
> Coins In The Fountain, It's Magic,The Music That Makes Me Dance.
> Warm wishes, and Happy Holidays
> Dick LaPalm
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