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Frank Loesser

Frank Loesser

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Also Known As: Died: July 28, 1969
Born: June 29, 1910 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Music ...
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Worked at odd jobs including as a process server, knit-goods editor, political cartoonist for the "Tuckahoe Record", city editor for the "New Rochelle News" and press agent for Tiffany Pictures
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Sold special lyrics to vaudevillians
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Hired as staff lyricist for the Leo Feist song publishing company; fired after a year during which time none of his lyrics was published
1931:
First published lyric, for pop song "In Love With the Memory of You" (music by William Schuman)
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Took odd jobs to support widowed mother during Depression: put caps on bottles of insecticide; was a spotter for a restaurant chain, checking on food and service and getting free meals
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Sang and played piano in nightclubs
1934:
First hit song, "I Wish I Were Twins" (music by Joseph Meyer and Edgar De Lange)
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Wrote lyrics for special material to music by Irving Actman
1936:
Contributed lyrics to Broadway revue, "The Illustrators Show" (music by Irving Actman); show ran only five performances
1937:
Went to Hollywood; wrote first song, "The Moon of Manakoora" (music by Alfred Newman) which Dorothy Lamour sang in "The Hurricane"
1941:
Wrote lyrics for song, "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" for Paramount film, "Forest Rangers" (composer Joe Lilley)
1941:
Composed music for first time for song, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" after which he enlisted in the Army
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Wrote music (as well as lyrics) for "Skirts" for the Air Force Special Services show performed in London during WWII; wrote over 100 songs for Army shows
1948:
Wrote first Broadway score (both words and music) for "Where's Charley?"
1949:
Film acting debut, as Hair-Do Lempke, a piano-loving racketeer in "Red, Hot and Blue" (also wrote songs)
1950:
Formed Frank Music publishing company (date approximate)
1956:
Co-wrote first libretto for "The Most Happy Fella" (also wrote music and lyrics)

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