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Posts Tagged ‘Dudley Moore’

Died On This Date (July 23, 2011) Fran Landesman / Respected American Lyricist

Posted by themusicsover on July 23, 2011

Fran Landesman (Born Francis Deitsch)
October 21, 1927 – July 23, 2011

Fran Landesman was an American poet and lyricist who achieved international acclaim for penning the words to such songs as “The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men” and “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most.”  Born in New York City, Landesman eventually settled with her husband in St. Louis, Missouri where they owned and operated the Crystal Palace, a world-renowned night club that hosted the likes of Barbra Streisand, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen.  It was while sitting at the bar listening to the singers that Landesman was inspired to take a stab at writing song lyrics herself.  The year was 1952, and it was then and there that she began collaborating with the club’s house pianist on a string of songs, some of which became hits as recorded by others.  That list of singers includes R0berta Flack, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler, Sarah Vaughan, Petula Clark, Dudley Moore.  Landesman wrote countless songs over the course of her career, over 300 of which since 1994 alone.  In 1999, she donated her collection of writings to the University of Missouri, St. Louis but continued to make public appearances – reciting poetry or singing her songs – right up until her final days.  Fran Landesman was 83 when she passed away on July 23, 2011.

Thanks to Scott Miller for the assist.



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Died On This Date (November 16, 2009) Jeff Clyne / British Jazz Bassist

Posted by themusicsover on November 16, 2009

Jeff Clyne
January 29, 1937 – November 16, 2009

Photo by Brian O'Connor

Jeff Clyne was a respected British jazz bassist whose career spanned some four decades.  Over the course of his career, he played with Blossom Dearie, Ronnie Scott, Dudley Moore, Zoot Sims and many more.  Clyne played in several combos during the ’70s.  That list includes Nucleus, Turning Point and Isotope.  He also worked as a jazz educator and bass instructor.  Jeff Clyne was 72 when he died of a heart attack on November 16, 2009.



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