Today in Lyricist History

Birthdays in Music

  • 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)

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1888-05-11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), born in Tyumen, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 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)

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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

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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)

Weddings in Music


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

Deaths in Music

  • 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)

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1989-09-22 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 1991-03-14 Jerome "Doc" Pomus, American blues singer-songwriter (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