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Matt Dennis (This section is currently in preparation)
Matt Dennis, equally accomplished as an arranger, songwriter, pianist, and singer, got his start by being born into a Seattle vaudeville family, studying piano and getting a job playing and singing for band leader Horace Heidt when Dennis was only nineteen. Following his gig with Heidt, he formed his own band with a young Dick Haymes singing the leads -- while he did most everything else. After moving to Hollywood and meeting and playing for singers like Martha Tilton and the group The Stafford Sisters, one of whom was Jo Stafford, he honed his skills as an arranger, started writing songs, and, with Jo's influence got hired by Tommy Dorsey as arranger and composer for his orchestra. His biggest writing success with Dorsey was "Everything Happens to Me," a hit for Dorsey's boy singer Frank Sinatra.
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Master List of Great American Songbook Songwriters
Names of songwriters who have written at least one song included in the Cafe Songbook Catalog of The Great American Songbook are listed below.
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