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"There's No You"
Vintage sheet music: words by Tom Adair
music by Hal Hopper
cover: Frank Sinatra
Born: Thomas Montgomery Adair June 15, 1913, Newton, Kansas (US)
Died: May 24, 1988 (age 74), Honolulu, Hawaii (US)
"At a Hollywood nightclub in late 1940 [Tom Adair] met Matt Dennis, a composer and performer. Dennis was impressed with Adair's lyrics for "Will You Still Be Mine?," and set it to music. Within the next week the duo wrote "Let's Get Away from It All," "Everything Happens To Me," and "The Night We Called It a Day," with Adair dictating lyrics over the phone to Dennis, in-between taking complaint calls at work. Singer Jo Stafford recommended them to Tommy Dorsey, who hired the duo in 1941 as staff composer-arrangers for his New York music publishing company. Their songs became hits, and were recorded by Dorsey's young vocalist, Frank Sinatra."
"Adair next hooked up with composer Gordon Jenkins, who would be a lifelong friend. Starting in June 1944, Adair joined Jenkins in writing a complete score every week for the Auto-Lite radio show, which featured singer Dick Haymes. This was a major production effort, with a big band, chorus, and live audience. Jenkins and Adair were tagged as the new "Gilbert and Sullivan" for the seeming ease with which they churned out material for that show's four-year run.
"Adair wrote radio scripts for Duffy's Tavern during 1948-49, then again worked with Gordon Jenkins, this time on Broadway. They did the music and lyrics for Along Fifth Avenue, a musical revue starring Jackie Gleason and Nancy Walker, that ran from January to June 1949."
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