Today in Lyricist History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1579-11-22 Jan Baptist Stalpart van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer/pastor/lyricist
  • 1759-11-10 Frederich von Schiller, Germany, poet/lyricist (Ode to Joy) (d. 1805)
  • 1797-12-13 Heinrich Heine, Germany, poet/lyricist (Schubert, Liszt)
  • 1839-05-08 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (O Canada) (d. 1920)
  • 1891-06-09 Cole Porter, Indiana, composer/lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1895-05-02 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (d. 1943)
  • 1895-07-12 Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, born in NYC, New York
  • 1896-04-08 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • 1896-09-08 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist (d. 1983)
  • 1896-12-06 Ira Gershwin, lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm)
  • 1900-07-10 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (d. 1993)
  • 1901-04-18 Al Lewis, American lyricist (d. 1967)
  • 1902-04-17 Anton Beuving, lyricist (Ketelbinkie)
  • 1905-07-15 Dorothy Fields, lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1909-11-18 Johnny Mercer, Savannah Ga, lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1911-12-08 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (d. 1992)
  • 1913-06-18 Sammy Cahn, lyricist (3 Coins in a Fountain)
  • 1916-08-03 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist (d. 1970)
  • 1917-05-03 Betty Comden, American lyricist, (d. 2006)
  • 1917-05-06 Kal Mann, American lyricist (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-31 Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist composer (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady)
  • 1918-12-16 Pierre DelanoĆ«, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1920-08-08 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1921-05-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (d. 1998)
  • 1921-05-25 Hal David, New York, lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), (d. 2012)
  • 1921-09-16 John Hendricks, lyricist singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  • 1924-04-30 Sheldon Harnick, lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1928-06-12 Richard Sherman, composer/lyricist (Mary Poppins)
  • 1928-06-28 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, cybernetician stage producer/lyricist
  • 1930-03-22 Stephen Sondheim, lyricist (West Side Story, Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-07-21 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese lyricist and author
  • 1934-11-24 Martin Charnin, Broadway lyricist (Annie, West Side Story)
  • 1939-02-11 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-06-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead)
  • 1942-03-02 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1944-11-10 Tim Rice, Amersham, England, lyricist (Chess Moves, 1 Night in Bangkok)

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • 1945-01-17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter
  • 1945-03-18 Eric Woolfson, Scottish singer and producer (The Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow (d. 2009)
  • 1950-05-17 Howard Ashman, American lyricist (d. 1991)
  • 1950-05-22 Bernie Taupin, lyricist (writes with Elton John)
  • 1959-06-22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • 1971-01-23 Marc Nelson, American R&B singer and lyricist
  • 1980-01-16 Lin Manuel Miranda, American actor, composer, lyricist (In The Heights)
  • 1986-08-30 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1974-08-19 Oscar-winning lyricist Tim Rice (29) weds Jane McIntosh

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • 1993-08-21 Lyricist Bernie Taupin weds Strephanie Haymes
  • 1996-06-08 Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • 2006-06-01 Korean "My Sassy Girl" actor-singer Cha Tae-Hyun (30) weds pop lyricist Choi Suk-eun at the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul City

Famous Deaths

  • 1630-12-29 Jan Baptist Stalpart van der Wiele, RC pastor/lyricist, dies at 51
  • 1930-02-23 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • 1943-11-22 Lorenz Hart, lyricist, dies in NY
  • 1972-01-07 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
  • 1977-10-08 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902 )
  • 1980-07-09 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • 1981-03-04 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • 1981-09-22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1983-07-30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • 1983-08-17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • 1984-03-18 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1984-12-29 Leo Robin, lyricist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1986-02-07 Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • 1988-12-02 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1991-03-14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, lyricist (Save Last Dance for Me), dies at 65
  • 1991-10-28 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • 1993-03-31 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (b. 1900)
  • 1997-01-23 Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • 1998-02-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • 2001-11-28 Kal Mann, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2002-10-23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)
  • 2004-09-11 Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)
  • 2005-07-16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish singer, lyricist, and entertainer (b. 1920)
  • 2006-11-23 Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2006-11-25 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (b. 1920)
  • 2006-11-30 Elhadi Adam, Sudanese poet and lyricist (b. 1927)
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • 2009-01-13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2011-11-05 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 2012-09-01 Hal David, American Lyricist, dies at 91
  • 2014-06-19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75