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Frank Loesser,

book cover: "The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser
Robert Kimball and Steve Nelson,
The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser

Basic Information

Born: Frank Henry Loesser, June 29, 1910, New York City

Died: July 28, 1969 (age 59), New York City

Primary songwriting roles: lyricist and composer; also pianist, singer and music publisher

Co-writers: Chiefly, Loesser wrote both words and music for his Broadway shows. Otherwise, his co-writers featured on Cafe Songbook include Harry Akst, Louis Alter, Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane, Eddie De Lange, Matty Malneck, Joseph Meyer, Jimmy McHugh, Jule Styne, Victor Schertzinger, Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, and Victor Young. For songs written with these co-writers and others, view a database of 28 Frank Loesser co-writers.

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Overview and Commentary
Frank Loesser

Overview in progress
book cover: Max Wilk, "They're Playing Our Song"
Max Wilk, They're Playing Our Song: Conversations with America's Classic Songwriters (originally published 1973 as They're Playing Our Song: From Jerome Kern to Stephen Sondheim—The Stories behind the Words and Music of Two Generations), New York and Stratford, CT: Easton Studio Press, 2008.

Composer Jule Styne recounts that [in 1941] he was working at Republic Pictures, not one of the more glamorous Hollywood studios, where he was supposed to to write songs, but wound up doing just about everything else. When he finally did get the chance to compose, the Republic people asked him who he wanted to write the lyrics. He said, "'Frank Loesser.' 'Where's he?' "Paramount.' So they made a trade. They swapped John Wayne [who was at that time under contract to Republic] for a picture to get Frank Loesser; that was the deal." When Loesser got there, Styne recalls, "He hated me because I'd degraded him" ( Wilk, pp. 182-183).

Loesser's first published song was "In Love with a Memory of You" music by William Schuman (Wilk 320) and first professionally performed lyric was for "A Waltz Was Born in Vienna" music by Frederick Loewe from 1936 (Wilk 317).

Ed's. note: As it turned out the two of them didn't really score big together until Styne got traded to Paramount and the two collaborated to write songs for the 1942 movie Sweater Girl, which included what became an American standard song, "I Don't Want To Walk without You, Baby."

 

Where's Charley, Loesser's first Broadway show, for which he wrote both words and music, opened on October 11, 1948. Max Wilk quotes Ernie Martin, a Hollywood music director who encouraged Loesser to go to New York to write the show:

It [Where's Charley] didn't make much of a splash at the beginning, we didn't get great notices at all. But there were telegrams from all the other composers -- Rodgers, Hammerstein, Cole Porter -- congratulating him on his brilliant work. Cole was always so starry-eyed about other people's work. With Loesser, he used to sit there and say, "How can he have thought of a thing like that?" . . . . Arthur Schwartz wrote a piece in The New York Times Sunday section saying that Frank was the greatest undiscovered composer in America . . . . Then people started to pay attention (Wilk, p. 325).

album cover: "Where's Charley?" (London Cast)Where's Charley?
(original London cast
1958 )

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Loesser reversed the bicoastal trajectory of most songwriters who started on Broadway and then made their way to Hollywoood to write for the movies. Loesser had become an established lyricist in California when the opportunity to do the words for the songs in a Broadway show, Where's Charley, the music for which was to be written by Harold, came his way. When Arlen's wife became ill and he remained on the West Coast, Loesser came to New York and wrote both words and music for the show. The rest of which, as they say, is history, or in other words, Guys and Dolls, A Most Happy Fella, etc.
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Frank Loesser


album cover: "An Evening with Frank Loesser"
An Evening with
Frank Loesser

( An Evening with Frank Loesser "contains performances associated with three Frank Loesser shows [with Loesser himself doing much of the performing] — Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" --from the iTunes review. Click album cover for the remainder.)

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Tribute to Frank Loesser from Opera Omaha (2010).

Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of
Frank Loesser
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DVD


Vivian Blaine, performing "Adelaide's Lament" (words and music by Loesser) in the 1955 movie version of Guys and Dolls, in which she plays opposite Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit.


Frank Sings Loesser

(Frank Loesser singing many of his lesser known songs.)

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Don Ameche and Mary Martin sing "I Never Let a Day Pass By" (music by Victor Schertzinger, words by Frank Loesser) from the 1941 movie, Kiss the Boys Goodbye -- the film for which it was written. This song is not included in the Cafe Songbook Catalog but is certainly worth hearing. Another Schertzinger/Loesser song written for the film,
"Sand in My Shoes," is in the catalog.
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Frank Loesser Songs
currently included in the
Cafe Songbook Catalog of
The Great American Songbook
  1. Baby It's Cold Outside
  2. Cant' Get Out of This Mood
  3. Heart and Soul
  4. How Sweet You Are
  5. I Believe in You
  6. I Don't Want To Walk without You, Baby
  7. I Hear Music
  8. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
  9. If I Were a Bell
  10. I've Never Been in Love Before
  11. The Lady's in Love with You
  12. Let's Get Lost
  13. Moments Like This
  14. Never Will I Marry
  15. On a Slow Boat to China
  16. Once in Love with Amy
  17. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
  18. Sand in My Shoes
  19. Say It (over and over again)
  20. Says My Heart
  21. Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat
  22. Small Fry
  23. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
  24. They're Either Too Young or Too Old
  25. Two Sleepy People
  26. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Click here for a database of songs written or co-written by Frank Loesser.
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Thomas L. Riis
Frank Loesser
(Yale Broadway Masters Series)
New Haven and London:
Yale University Press,
2008

 


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