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Dory Previn


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Dory Previn (born Dorothy Veronica Langan on October 22, 1925; died February 14, 2012), was an American lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet. As a lyricist for motion picture theme songs during the 1960s and early 1970s, she worked on the soundtrack to the Valley of the Dolls. She and her first husband, André Previn, received several Academy Award nominations for their joint efforts in motion picture songwriting. She released six albums of original songs, and one live album, between 1970 and 1976. Her career continued into the 1980s, touring in Europe for the first time in the late 1970s, and again the 1980s, after overcoming her life-long fear of flying.

* Leprechauns Are Upon Me (1959 as Dory Langdon)
* On My Way to Where (1970) - United Artists
* Reflections in a Mud Puddle/Taps Tremors and Time Steps (1971) - United Artists
* Mythical Kings and Iguanas (1971) - United Artists
* Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign (1972) - United Artists
* Dory Previn (1974) - Warner Bros
* We’re Children of Coincidence and Harpo Marx (1976) - Warner Bros
* “Dory & Andre Previn (1983)
* “Planet Blue” - (2002)


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  • milkfeelspain

    Very sad to hear this, hope the last 40 years were better than the first. Hardcore peeps should make sure to check out Planet Blue here:, if for nothing else but the 8 mile-style eco-rap about 20 minutes in. Dory really was as rare as hen's teeth...

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Ezraghast

    R.I.P. Dory Previn :(

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • str8_ryder

    R.I.P. Dory Previn

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KeithJones

    RIP, Dory Previn

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ceiliog

    Only 68000 plays and under 7000 listeners! Come on people now that she has passed away show some time for this underrated lady.

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • say-yeah-flash

    Gonna be hugely missed. R.I.P.

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Menno75

    R.I.P. Dory...

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RachyRach

    What a great songwriter. How can you not love this? Well, maybe Mia Farrow doesn't care for it, but still.

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • OrcaOrkestar

    Such clever lyrics. All in all, an amazing songwriter.

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • condra

    this lady is kinda crazy. gotta love that.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • taryne

    I have fallen

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • lheathcote

    Malibu Bus Number Three ---- AWESOME! The Obsene Call ---- Ironically hilarious! Mary C. Brown & the Hollywood Sign --- Love it! So many, so good...she's a friggin' genious. Wish I would get to see her!!

    26 Jun 2009 Reply
  • semionato

    master of her domain.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • parasiteforlife

    queen of my world

    1 Sep 2008 Reply
  • katiemmj

    Dory Previn rocks my world.

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • inspite

    ninjamboree, where is that festival?

    2 Jan 2007 Reply
  • inspite

    I can't find that one anywhere... nowhere

    1 Jan 2007 Reply
  • johnlunney

    Mythical Kings & Iguanas is still one of my very favourite albums...

    22 Dec 2006 Reply
  • ninjamboree

    Saw Dory a few months back, in a super rare little preformance at the Free Speech festival, at hte dreamaway lodge. Simply wonderful.

    13 Nov 2006 Reply

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