Lorenz Hart, songwriter
Songwriter ~ Lyricist
birth name: Lorenz Milton Hart

Lorenz Hart

May 2, 1895, New York, NY ~ November 22, 1943, New York, NY

Lyricist Lorenz Hart is best-known for his work with composer Richard Rodgers. As one of the most successful songwriting duos of Broadway, they influenced the sound of theater throughout the '20s and '30s. ~ Allmusic: Lorenz Hart ~ retrieved November 20, 2013 © Allmusic

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May 2, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Frankie Avalon, Venus ~ #2 (5) Elvis Presley, (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I ~ #1 (1) the Fleetwoods, Come Softly To Me


According to Stephen Holden, a writer in The New York Times, “Many of Hart's ballad lyrics conveyed a heart-stopping sadness that reflected his conviction that he was physically too unattractive to be lovable.” The New York Times writer also noted that “In his lyrics, as in his life, Hart stands as a compellingly lonely figure. Although he wrote dozens of songs that are playful, funny and filled with clever wordplay, it is the rueful vulnerability beneath their surface that lends them a singular poignancy.” ~ Wikipedia: Lorenz Hart ~ retrieved November 20, 2013 © Wikipedia

As a Writer or co-writer

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Bewitched (Rodgers/Hart) ~ Named one of the Time Top 10 Songs For Lovers in 2007 ~ Bewitched remains the smartest and tartest love song ever written. And as wittily seductive as the lyrics are, Ella Fitzgerald’s flirty vocal - she sings like she’s twirling love around on her finger for a while, unsure of whether to fling it across the room or put it in her mouth - is even better. ~ 2007 © TIME

Rodgers & Hart

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart ~ Inducted in the 1970 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Rodgers & Hart made their professional debut with the song Any Old Place With You, featured in the 1919 Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. Their breakthrough came with the score for a 1925 charity show, The Garrick Gaities, which introduced the classic valentine to their hometown, Manhattan. From 1920 to 1930 Rodgers & Hart wrote an astonishing array of musical comedies for Broadway and London's West End. At their pinnacle the team was writing an average of four shows a year. ~ 1970 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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