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Frank Loesser

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Frank Henry Loesser (June 29, 1910, New York City – July 26, 1969, New York City) was an American composer and lyricist. He died of lung cancer at age 59.

During World War II, he wrote 1942’s “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”. Formerly a successful lyricist in collaboration with other composers, this was the first song for which Loesser composed the melody in addition to the lyric.

Loesser was awarded a Grammy Award in 1961 for Best Original Cast Show Album for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

He wrote the following Broadway musicals:

* Where’s Charley? (1948) (starring Ray Bolger)
o “Once in Love With Amy”
* Guys and Dolls (1950)
o “A Bushel and a Peck”
o “Fugue for Tinhorns”
o “I’ll Know”
o “If I Were A Bell”, a favorite of Miles Davis, featured in recordings with John Coltrane
o “Luck Be a Lady Tonight”
* The Most Happy Fella (1956)
o “Standing on the Corner”
o “Big D”
o “Somebody Somewhere”
o “Joey, Joey”
* Greenwillow (1960)
* How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1961)
o “I Believe In You”
o “The Brotherhood Of Man”
* Pleasures and Palaces (1965)

Some well-known songs he composed for movies and Tin Pan Alley:

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