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Author:
Jack Lawrence
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978-1569802793
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Barricade Books (September 15, 2004)
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Jack Lawrence was a successful song writer whose melodies and lyrics helped to launch more than a dozen top show . Jack Lawrence was a name I had always known, but never really knew. I saw Ray Striklyn play Tennessee Williams at the JACK LAWRENCE THEATER

Jack Lawrence was a name I had always known, but never really knew. I saw Ray Striklyn play Tennessee Williams at the JACK LAWRENCE THEATER. I had seen the Broadway show, I HAD A BALL written, in part by JACK LAWRENCE. I knew the words for the song TENDERLY probably better than my own name.

A memoir of the legendary lyricist whose words launched the careers of some of the most famous performers of our times, including Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more. Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Apple Books Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Indigo Better World Books IndieBound. Hardcover, 320 pages. Online Stores ▾.

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Jack Lawrence (born Jacob Louis Schwartz, April 7, 1912 – March 16, 2009) was an American songwriter. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975. Jack Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Orthodox Jewish family of modest means as the third of four sons. His parents Barney (Beryl) Schwartz and Fanny (Fruma) Goldman Schwartz were first cousins who had run away from their home in Belaya Tserkov (Bila Tserkva, Ukraine) to go to America in 1904.

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Jack Lawrence called his autobiography They All Sang My Songs, and the title was no idle boast. In a songwriting career that began in the early 1930s, those who recorded his compositions included Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Glenn Miller, Rosemary Clooney and Bobby Darin.

But "Beyond the Sea" remains one of the most enduring songs of Lawrence's vast catalog.

A memoir of the legendary lyricist whose words launched the careers of some of the most famous performers of our times, including Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more.
  • Well, whod a thunk it. After reading William J. Mann's magnificent 2001 tome BEHIND THE SCREEN, the story of how gay men and lesbians influenced production on both sides of the "silver screen" during Hollywood's Golden Age, I became intrigued by Mann's mention of Anderson Lawler, sort of the Anderson Cooper of his day. A part-time actor and full-time fun boy, Lawler was seen at all the right nightclubs, often glimpsed in photographs with more famous people, bringing up the rear as it were, most often as the roommate and putative boyfriend of Paramount contractee Gary Cooper, the multisexual Western and glamor star. Mann didn't get to speak to many people who had actually known "Andy" Lawler, but now it looks like he should have called Jack Lawrence, whose new memoir gives Lawler a big play. Lawrence had many run-ins with Lawler back in the day, sexual and otherwise.

    He was the "master of oral sex," Lawrence reports, going so far as to have all of his teeth removed to facilitate said mastery. "He showed me a gold cigarette case given to him by some Scandinavian royalty and inscribed, "To the greatest mouth in the world.'" Lawrence and Lawler lived in the same apartment building (in alphabetical order I assume) and Andy was often spotted with other Paramount stars such as Kay Francis and Marlene Dietrich, women whose sexual preferences were often gossipped about.

    Lawrence was born back in 1912, which makes him nearly 95 years old, but he's still bright as a tack and continuing to add to a list of hit songs that include "If I Didn't Care," "All or Nothing at All," "Tenderly," as well as the English words to "Beyond the Sea" by Charles Trenet. He even managed to outlive Linda McCartney, for whom he wrote "Linda" on the day she was born, and Rosemary Clooney, one of his very best ftiends, a woman whose tragic story he relates all over again in one of his very saddest chapters.

    Lawrence managed to adopt one of his closest "friends" which is quite a trick if you know how to do it! His book is an inspiration to all, teaching us a) never give up, b) don't let the bastards grind you down, c) keep striving for perfection, and d) above all else, have fun while you're living this life, because at the end of the day, there's no alternative but death.

    PS, he doesn't have much good to say about Sylvia, the wife of Danny Kaye. If you love her, skip chapter 27 of Jack's book!

  • Jack Lawrence was a name I had always known, but never really knew. I saw Ray Striklyn play Tennessee Williams at the JACK LAWRENCE THEATER. I had seen the Broadway show, I HAD A BALL written, in part by JACK LAWRENCE. I knew the words for the song TENDERLY probably better than my own name. Who wrote the song? JACK LAWRENCE. So it was then, when I saw a mention of Mr.Lawrence's autobiography THEY ALL SANG MY SONGS, I decided to take a chance and buy it. What a terrific decision! Lawrence's book is a memoir of over ninety years, and in those years and in his pages, Mr. Lawrence covers the immigration experience, World War Two, the big band era and Hollywood and Broadway, all with a delightful writing style that makes you feel as though you are sitting with him in his country home, a drink in your hand and listening as he spins his delightful tales. His anecdotes are priceless, his gossip juicy, his insight into the world of popular music enlightening and his view of the world fascinating. Added to all of the above, and possibly even more important, depending on who is reading this book, is the story of Mr.Lawrence's personal life; his coming out when the country was even more homophobic than it is now, his lovers and, finally, his pride in who and what he is. If you are looking for Proust, look elsewhere, but if you are looking to spend some delightful hours with a terrific story teller, look no further. JACK LAWRENCE is your man! After reading this charming book, he certainly is mine!

  • This is a most interesting book, especially with descriptions of his early family life, and his life later on as he ages to over 90 years, and how he became a very popular American songwriter as quite a young man, and the trials and tribulations of getting songs published, etc. etc.. I am thoroughly enjoying it - much better and more interesting to me than I had ever expected. I haven't yet finished finished reading it but am almost there and will be sad when I get to the end.

  • I just finished reading They All Sang My Songs that was loaned to me by a friend. It is simply fantastic. Jack Lawrence's autobiography is full of funny stories, some sad too, but is a very rich, entertaining and easy to read book. His courage and honesty just blew me away. It is almost impossible to stop once you start reading. Jack's narration of his 92 years of life is really an amazing option for those who like good books. I highly recomend it for everybody, even those who do not have the habit of reading biographies.

  • I haven't yet had a chance to read this book so ignore the star rating I gave it ("required field," you know). The book looks like great fun.

    HOWEVER, watch out on page 243 and 244: the U.S. Senator behind the "Red Menace" scare of the 1950s was NOT Eugene McCarthy but Joseph McCarthy. Eugene McCarthy was the senator who ran for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination on a peace platform. An editor at Barricade Books should have caught this.