Songwriter Frank Loesser
birth name: Frank Henry Loesser

Frank Loesser

June 29, 1910, New York, NY ~ July 26, 1969, New York, NY

But even as a child Frank was aggressively lowbrow: his first lyrics were set to the rhythms of the elevated trains, and he took pride in winning third prize in a citywide harmonica contest. Years later, the Loesser family would remark that Frank's songs were “very nice, but of course they're not music.” ~ PBS: Broadway/Frank Loesser ~ retrieved July 12, 2013 © PBS

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Prolific Hollywood wordsmith turned tunesmith who crossed over from Tin Pan Alley to Shubert Alley. […] On Broadway from the late 1940s through the 60s, he displayed a knack for conveying characters and their vernacular by writing both the clever words and tuneful music for classic shows of Broadway's golden age: the 1948 Ray Bolger vehicle ‘Where's Charley’ (filmed in 1952), the colorful 1950 Damon Runyon gambling fantasy, ‘Guys and Dolls’ (filmed in 1955), and the Pulitzer prize-winning satire ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ (1967). ~ Turner Classic Movies: Frank Loesser ~ retrieved July 12, 2013 © Turner Classic Movies

Frank Loesser ~ Inducted in the 1970 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ His father was well known as a pianist and teacher, frequently accompanying the celebrated Wagnerian soprano Lilli Lehmann. His older half-brother Arthur Loesser was to become one of the greatest pianists and music educators of his day. Frank Loesser, however, never studied music formally but would become one of the most influential film and stage musical writers in history. ~ 1970 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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