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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.

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Died On This Date (June 27, 2008) “Madam Marie” Castello / Memorialized In Bruce Springsteen Song

Posted by themusicsover on June 27, 2010

Marie Castello
May 25, 1915 – June 27, 2008

Marie Castello was the real life “Madam Marie” character in the Bruce Springsteen song “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).”  The 1973  song finds  Springsteen asking, “Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do,” even though in real life, she never was. Castello began telling fortunes in her small Asbury Park boardwalk shop in 1932, and by the late ’60s, a young Springsteen reportedly visited with her often and would play his guitar outside her shop.  According to Springsteen lore, it was during one of those visits that Castello told him he would one day be famous.   Springsteen continued to stop by and visit in recent years.   Over the years, Castello read fortunes of many famous entertainers who came to town.  That list included Ray Charles, Elton John, Woody Allen, Perry Como and Vic Damone.  Marie Castello died suddenly of natural causes at the age of 93.

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