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Frank Henry Loesser (/ˈlɛsər/; June 29, 1910 – July 28, 1969) was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics and music to the Broadway musicals Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, among others. He won separate Tony Awards
Tony Awards
for the music and lyrics in both shows, as well as sharing the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the latter. He also wrote numerous songs for films and Tin Pan Alley, many of which have become standards, and was nominated for five Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for best song, winning once, for "Baby, It's Cold Outside".


1 Early years 2 Writing career 3 World War II
World War II
era 4 Career 5 Later life and death 6 Personal life 7 Notable songs 8 Awards and legacy 9 References 10 External links

Early years[edit] Loesser was born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City
New York City
to Henry Loesser, a pianist,[2] and Julia Ehrlich.[3][4] He grew up in a house on West 107th Street in Manhattan. His father had moved to America to avoid Prussian military service and working in his family's banking business. He came to America and married Berthe (Ehrlich), and had a son in 1894, Arthur Loesser. In 1888, Berthe's sister Julia arrived in America. Julia and Henry soon fell in love and Julia really loved Arthur, but Berthe sent her to Washington D.C. Berthe died in childbirth and Julia moved back in and married Henry in 1907. Their first child, Frank, was born in December of that year.[5] Both his parents, secular German Jews, prized high intellect and culture, and Loesser was educated musically in the vein of European composers.[4] But although Henry was a full-time piano teacher, he never taught his son. In a 1914 letter to Frank's older half-brother Arthur Loesser, Henry wrote that the 4-year-old Frank could play by ear "any tune he's heard and can spend an enormous amount of time at the piano."[6] ( Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
would later collaborate with musical secretaries to ensure that his written scores—he was self-taught—reflected the music as he conceived it.[7]) Loesser did not like his father's refined taste of music and resisted when he wrote his own music and took up the harmonica. He was expelled from Townsend Harris High School, and from there went to City College of New York (even though he had no high school diploma).[5] He was expelled from the CCNY in 1925 after one year for failing every subject except English and gym.[4] After his father died suddenly in 1926, Loesser was forced to seek work in order to support his family.[8] He held various jobs like restaurant reviewer, process server, sold classified ads for the New York Herald Tribune, drew political cartoons for The Tuckahoe Record, sketch writer for Keith Vaudeville Circuit, a knit-goods editor for Women’s Wear Daily, a press representative for a small movie company, and city editor for a short-lived newspaper in New Rochelle, New York called New Rochelle News.[4][5] Writing career[edit] After his many various jobs, he decided that he wanted to write in Tin Pan Alley and signed several contracts with music publishers before his contracts were eventually terminated. His first song credit is listed as "In Love with the Memory of You", with music by William Schuman, published in 1931.[8] Loesser's early lyrics included two hit songs of 1934, "Junk Man" and "I Wish I Were Twins" (both with music by Joe Meyer, and the latter with co-lyric credit to Eddie DeLange). However, they apparently did not help his reputation, and in later years, he never mentioned them. In the mid-1930s he would sing for his suppers at The Back Drop, a night spot on east 52nd Street along with composer Irving Actman, but during the day he worked on the staff of Leo Feist
Leo Feist
Inc. writing lyrics to Joseph Brandfon's music at $100 a week. After a year, Feist had not published any of them. He fared only slightly better collaborating with the future classical composer William Schuman, selling one song, that would flop, to Feist. Loesser described his early days of learning the songwriting craft as having "a rendezvous with failure." But while he dabbled in other trades, he inevitably returned to the music business.[4][9] The Back Drop turned out to have some substantial connections. Due to his work there he was able to secure his first Broadway musical, The Illustrator’s Show, a 1936 revue written with Back Drop collaborator Irving Actman, lasted only four nights. The year before, while performing at the Back Drop, he met an aspiring singer, Lynn Garland (born Mary Alice Blankenbaker). He proposed in a September 1936 letter that included funds for a railroad ticket to Los Angeles where Loesser's contract to Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
had just ended. The couple married in a judge's office.[10] Loesser was subsequently offered a contract by Paramount Pictures. His first song credit with Paramount was "Moon of Manakoora" written with Alfred Newman for Dorothy Lamour in the film The Hurricane.[4] He wrote the lyrics for many popular songs during this period, including "Two Sleepy People" and "Heart and Soul" with Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
and "I Hear Music" with Burton Lane. He also worked with Arthur Schwartz, and Joseph J. Lilley. One of his notable efforts was "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have", with music by Friedrich Hollaender
Friedrich Hollaender
sung by Marlene Dietrich in "Destry Rides Again." In 1941, he wrote "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" with Jule Styne included in the 1942 film Sweater Girl and sung by Betty Jane Rhodes.[4] Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin
was a huge fan of the song, and once played it over and over again telling Loesser why he believed it was the greatest song he wished he'd written.[11] He stayed in Hollywood until World War II, when he joined the Army Air Force.[2] World War II
World War II
era[edit] During World War II, he was in the Army Air Force, and continued to write lyrics for films and single songs.[2] Loesser wrote the popular war song "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" (1942) inspired by words spoken by navy chaplain William Maguire. Members of the Western Writers of America chose his 1942 composition Jingle Jangle Jingle as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[12] Loesser usually wrote songs to a "dummy" tune, meaning the music was just a stand-in until more suitable music could be composed. After the positive reaction to Loesser writing both music and lyrics to the song, it encouraged him to write both his own music and lyrics.[4] Loesser wrote other songs at the request of the armed forces including "What Do You Do in the Infantry?" and "The Ballad of Rodger Young" (1943), among others.[2] He also wrote "They’re Either Too Young or Too Old" for the 1943 film Thank Your Lucky Stars.[4] In 1944, Loesser worked as the lyricist on a little-known musical intended to be performed by and for US soldiers abroad, titled Hi Yank!, the music for which was composed by Alex North. Hi Yank! was produced by the U.S. Army Office of Special
Services as a "blueprint special" to boost the morale of soldiers located where USO shows could not visit. The "blueprint" was a book containing a musical script with instructions for staging the show, using materials locally available to deployed soldiers. A document located at the US Army Centre for Military History states, "A touring company has been formed in Italy to tour a production of Hi, Yank!".[13] This unique Hi Yank! show, without stars or a conventional theater run, was generally forgotten until 2008, when the PBS History Detectives TV show researched the case of a long-saved radio transcription disc.[14] The disc has two songs and a promotional announcement for the show's Fort Dix
Fort Dix
premiere in August 1944, when the disc was broadcast there.[15] Career[edit]

Guys and Dolls, Libretto and Vocal book, printed by Music Theatre International, 1978.

In 1948, Broadway producers Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin asked Loesser to write both music and lyrics to George Abbott's book for an adaptation of the Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas
play Charley's Aunt. That musical, Where's Charley? (1948), starred Ray Bolger, and ran for a successful 792 performances, with a film version being released in 1952. In 1948, he sold the rights to a song he wrote in 1944 and performed informally at parties with his then wife Lynn Garland to MGM. The studio included it in the 1949 movie Neptune's Daughter, and the song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside", became a huge hit. Garland was mad at Loesser for selling what she considered "their song" to MGM.[16] He ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song. His next musical, Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
(1950), based on the stories of Damon Runyon, was again produced by Feuer and Martin. Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
became a hit and earned Loesser two Tony Awards.[17] Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
called Guys and Dolls "the greatest American musical of all time."[4] A film version was released in 1955, and starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine. In 1950, Loesser started his own publishing company Frank Music Corporation. It was created to control and publish his work but eventually supported other writers such as Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, and Meredith Willson.[8] After working on Neptune's Daughter, he wished to write more than one song for a film. His wish was granted in 1952 when he wrote the music and lyrics for the film Hans Christian Andersen. The movie had notable songs such as "Wonderful Copenhagen", "Anywhere I Wander", "Thumbelina", and "Inchworm".[8] He wrote the book, music and lyrics for his next two musicals, The Most Happy Fella (1956) and Greenwillow
(1960). Around the beginning of 1957, Garland and Loesser got divorced, and Loesser then began a relationship with Jo Sullivan, who had a leading role in Fella. He wrote the music and lyrics for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961), which ran for 1,417 performances and won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
and for which he received two more Tonys. Pleasures and Palaces (1965), the last Loesser musical produced during his lifetime, closed during out-of-town tryouts. Later life and death[edit] At the time of his death, Loesser was writing the book, music and lyrics for Señor Discretion Himself, a musical version of the Budd Schulberg short story. A version was presented in 1985 at the New York Musical Theatre Works. With the support of Jo Loesser, a completed version was presented at the Arena Stage, Washington, DC, in 2004, reworked by the group Culture Clash and director Charles Randolph-Wright.[18] When he was asked why he did not write more shows, Loesser responded that "I don’t write slowly, it’s just that I throw out fast." The New York Times confirmed his hard working habits and wrote that Loesser "was consumed by nervous energy and as a result slept only four hours a night, spending the rest of the time working."[4] Loesser, an avid smoker, died in 1969 of lung cancer at age 59 in New York City.[19] Personal life[edit] Lynn Garland and Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
divorced around the beginning of 1957, after 21 years of marriage.[20] They had two children together: John Loesser, who works in theatre administration,[21] and Susan Loesser, an author who wrote her father's biography A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and the Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter (1993, 2000, ISBN 0634009273). He married his second wife Jo Sullivan (born Elizabeth Josephine Sullivan) on April 29, 1959.[22] Loesser was introduced to Jo by his first wife Lynn. Jo Sullivan had played a lead in The Most Happy Fella.[2] They had two children, Hannah and Emily. Emily is a performer who is married to Don Stephenson.[23] Hannah was an artist in oils, pastels and mixed media; she died of cancer in 2007.[24] Notable songs[edit] See also: Category:Musicals by Frank Loesser.

The Ballad of Rodger Young

Performed by the West Point
West Point
Cadet Glee Club, 1959.

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Loesser was the lyricist of over 700 songs.[25]

War songs

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" (1942) "The Ballad of Rodger Young" (1943)

Broadway musicals

"Once in Love With Amy" from Where's Charley? "A Bushel and a Peck", "Fugue for Tinhorns", "If I Were A Bell" (a favorite of Miles Davis, featured in recordings with John Coltrane), " Luck Be a Lady Tonight", "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" and "I'll Know" from Guys and Dolls "Standing on the Corner" and "Joey, Joey, Joey" from The Most Happy Fella "Never Will I Marry" from Greenwillow "I Believe In You" and "The Brotherhood of Man" from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Films and Tin Pan Alley

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" from the M-G-M picture "Neptune's Daughter" (1949). This was originally a song which Loesser and his wife Lynn performed at parties for the private entertainment of friends. They also recorded the song for Mercury Records. Under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
to supply a full score for Neptune's Daughter, Loesser included this song which he had created in 1944, originally for their housewarming party. "Heart and Soul" (from the Paramount short subject A Song is Born) – lyrics "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" from the Paramount picture Sweater Girl (1942), performed on screen by Betty Jane Rhodes "Can't Get Out of This Mood" from the RKO Radio Pictures film Seven Days' Leave (1942) "Let's Get Lost" from Happy Go Lucky (1943) This song inspired the title to the 1988 documentary film with the same title about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" (1947), introduced by Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
in The Perils of Pauline "On a Slow Boat to China" (1948) "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year" from the Universal picture Christmas Holiday
Christmas Holiday
(1944) "Inch Worm", "Thumbelina", "The Ugly Duckling" and "Wonderful Copenhagen" from the Samuel Goldwyn picture Hans Christian Andersen (1952) "Two Sleepy People" (music by Hoagy Carmichael) from the Paramount picture "Thanks for the Memory" (1938) "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" (written in 1947) We're The Couple In The Castle (music by Hoagy Carmichael) from the Paramount picture "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" (1941)

Awards and legacy[edit] Loesser received Tony Awards
Tony Awards
for music and lyrics for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls. He was nominated for the Tony Award
Tony Award
for book, music and lyrics for The Most Happy Fella and as Best Composer for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Loesser was awarded a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
in 1961 for Best Original Cast Show Album for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Loesser is highly regarded as one of the most talented writers of his era. He is noted for writing witty lyrics and using clever musical devices. He also introduced a more complex artistic style that shaped the development of the Broadway musical. He was influential in challenging the standard compositional approach of Broadway, Loesser opened the door for later composers to further expand and develop the genre. He was noted for also using classical forms, such as imitative counterpoint ( Fugue for Tinhorns
Fugue for Tinhorns
in Guys and Dolls).[8] He won the 1949 Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Music, Original Song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside". He was nominated four more times:

"Dolores" from Las Vegas Nights (1941) "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" from The Perils of Pauline (1947) (a hit that year for both Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe
and the film's star, Betty Hutton) "Thumbelina" (1953)

In 2006 the PBS documentary, Heart & Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
was released.[26] 42nd Street Moon artistic director Greg MacKellan developed Once In Love With Loesser in 2013, as one of his musical tributes dedicated to exploring and celebrating the work of some of Broadway's greatest songwriters. The performance was built around the three stages of Loesser's career: as a Tin Pan Alley
Tin Pan Alley
lyricist, then working in Hollywood, and finally as a Broadway songwriter. Jason Graae performed Once In Love With Amy and The King's New Clothes, Emily Skinner sang Cleo's Ooh! My Feet and Amy's Somebody, Somewhere (from The Most Happy Fella), whilst Ashley Jarrett performed If I Were A Bell and Ian Leonard provided a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Sing A Tropical Song.[27] References[edit]

^ Bloom, Nate (December 22, 2014). "All those Holiday/Christmas Songs: So Many Jewish Songwriters!". Jewish World Review.  ^ a b c d e Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
biography, pbs.org, accessed December 5, 2008 ^ Loesser, Susan (1993). A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and the Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
in His Life. New York: Donald I Fine, Inc. p. 1. ISBN 1-55611-364-1.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cogdill 2010, p. 1 ^ a b c Lasser, Michael (2002). "Francis Henry Loesser" American Song Lyricists, 1920-1960. Gale. ISBN 978-0-7876-6009-3.  ^ Loesser 1993, p. 8-10 ^ Loesser 1993, p. 154-156 ^ a b c d e Maiers 2009, pp. 1–3 ^ Loesser 1993, p. 13-15 ^ Loesser 1993, p. 24-25 ^ Vallance, Tom (2012-01-30). "Betty Jane Rhodes: Actress and singer who charmed the US as a wartime sweetheart". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-01-30.  ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.  ^ PBS History Detectives; "Blueprint Special", 2008, show transcript, PDF pbs.org ^ PBS History Detectives; "Blueprint Special" Aired: Season 6, Episode 10; 2008 pbs.org ^ Click on player at the bottom to listen to the recording of the Hi Yank soldier musical. (7m37s) pbs.org ^ Loesser, Susan (1993). A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and the Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
in His Life; A Portrait by His Daughter. Hal Leonard. pp. 8–10. ISBN 1-55611-364-1.  ^ Loesser biography, mtishows.com, accessed August 4, 2009 ^ Riis, Thomas Laurence. Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
(2008), Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-11051-0, p,219-223 ^ Krebs, Alvin, "Frank Loesser, Composer, Dead," The New York Times, July 29, 1969, p. 1 ^ Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
biography tcm.com, accessed December 5, 2008 ^ Genz, Michelle (April 17, 2014). "'How to Succeed' playright's [sic] son now lives in Castaway Cove". VeroNews.com.  ^ NPR Weekend Saturday Edition interview by Scott Simon with Jo Loesser on May 1, 2010 ^ "Emily Loesser, Actress, Marries", The New York Times, May 5, 1991 ^ Simonson, Robert (January 26, 2007). "Hannah Loesser, Daughter of Frank Loesser, Is Dead at 44". Playbill. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.  ^ Review of book "Frank Loesser", Thomas L. Riis, Dec 17, 2007, yalepress.yale.edu, accessed December 5, 2008 ^ "Heart & Soul, The Life and Music of Frank Loesser" Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine. www.loessermovie.com, accessed 2013-01-11 ^ Heymont, George (26 June 2013). "Some Like It Shot". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 


Cogdill, John L. (2010). American National Biography.  Maiers, Claire D. (2009). Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. 

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Michael Cristofer
(1977) Donald L. Coburn (1978) Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
(1979) Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson
(1980) Beth Henley (1981) Charles Fuller (1982) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1983) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1984) James Lapine
James Lapine
and Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1985) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1987) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1988) Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
(1989) August Wilson
August Wilson
(1990) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1991) Robert Schenkkan
Robert Schenkkan
(1992) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(1993) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1994) Horton Foote (1995) Jonathan Larson (1996) Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
(1998) Margaret Edson (1999) Donald Margulies
Donald Margulies
(2000) David Auburn (2001) Suzan-Lori Parks
Suzan-Lori Parks
(2002) Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz
(2003) Doug Wright (2004) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(2005) David Lindsay-Abaire (2007) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2008) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2009) Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2010) Bruce Norris (2011) Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012) Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar
(2013) Annie Baker
Annie Baker
(2014) Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage

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Musicals by Frank Loesser

Where's Charley? Guys and Dolls The Most Happy Fella Greenwillow How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Pleasures and Palaces Señor Discretion Himself

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Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling
Jo Swerling
and Abe Burrows's Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls


Damon Runyon's "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure"


Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
(1955 film)


"A Bushel and a Peck" "Adelaide's Lament" "If I Were a Bell" "I've Never Been in Love Before" "Luck Be a Lady" "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" "A Woman in Love" (film only)


Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
Like Vibes (1958)

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