Famous Lyricists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1579-11-22 Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer, pastor and lyricist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1630)
  • 1759-11-10 Frederich von Schiller, German poet and lyricist (Ode to Joy), born in Marbach am Neckar, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1797-12-13 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1856)
  • 1839-05-08 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), born in Saint-Placide, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • 1863-07-19 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), born in Krishnanagar, British India (d. 1913)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

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, America composer and lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate), born in Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • 1894-09-13 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, born in Łódź, Congress Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1895-05-02 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1943)
  • 1895-07-12 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers (Sound of Music), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1896-04-08 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • 1896-09-08 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1896-12-06 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1900-07-10 Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], American lyricist (Stardust; It's Wonderful), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • 1901-04-18 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1902-04-17 Anton Beuving, Dutch lyricist (Ketelbinkie), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands d. 1977)
  • 1902-09-14 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • 1904-07-15 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist (I'm in the Mood for Love), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1907-08-14 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1907-12-20 Paul Francis Webster, American lyricist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1909-11-18 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1911-12-08 Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist, born in Asea, Greece (d. 1992)
  • 1912-05-25 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1999)
  • 1913-06-18 Sammy Cahn [Cohen], American lyricist (Three Coins in a Fountain, High Hopes, Call Me Irresponsible), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1915-12-02 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1916-08-03 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, born in Badayun, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India (d. 1970)
  • 1917-05-03 Betty Comden [Basya Cohen], American lyricist (On The Town; Just In Time), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1917-05-06 Kal Mann, American lyricist (Let's Twist Again), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-31 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1918-12-16 Pierre Delanoë, French songwriter and lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1920-08-08 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1921-05-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1921-05-25 Hal David, American lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921-09-16 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1924-04-30 Sheldon Harnick, American lyricist (Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1925-09-30 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • 1928-06-12 Richard Sherman, American composer and lyricist (The Sherman Brothers - Mary Poppins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-06-28 Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)
  • 1929-03-23 Gerrit den Braber, Dutch song writer and lyricist (Ring-dinge-ding, I See a Star), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1930-03-22 Stephen Sondheim, American 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 author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • 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), born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942-03-02 Luc Plamondon, French Canadian lyricist

Person of interestTim Rice

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

Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • 1945-01-17 Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter, born in Gwalior, India
  • 1946-07-09 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), born in Forfar, Scotland, UK
  • 1947-10-03 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 1950-05-17 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1991)
  • 1950-05-22 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1959-06-22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • 1986-08-30 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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 Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele, Dutch lawyer, pastor and lyricist, dies at 51
  • 1856-02-17 Heinrich Heine, German poet and lyricist (Schubert, Liszt), dies at 58
  • 1913-05-17 Dwijendralal Ray, Bengali poet, playwright and lyricist (Dwijendrageeti), dies of epilepsy at 49
  • 1920-06-27 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), dies at 81
  • 1930-02-23 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • 1943-11-22 Lorenz Hart, American lyricist, dies at 48
  • 1953-12-27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, dies at 59
  • 1960-08-23 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist who worked with Richard Rodgers, dies at 65
  • 1964-10-15 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • 1967-04-04 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), dies at 65
  • 1970-04-20 Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, dies at 53
  • 1972-01-07 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
  • 1977-10-08 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • 1980-02-19 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), dies at 33
  • 1980-07-09 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • 1981-03-05 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), dies in a car crash at 84
  • 1981-09-22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1983-07-30 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist, dies at 86
  • 1983-08-17 Ira Gershwin, American lyricist ('S Wonderful, I Got Rhythm), 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
  • 1986-06-14 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), dies at 67
  • 1988-12-02 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

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 Howard Ashman, American playwright and lyricist (Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid), dies of AIDS-related complications at 40
  • 1991-10-28 Sylvia Fine Kaye, US lyricist/composer, dies at 78
  • 1993-03-31 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist, dies at 92
  • 1994-01-27 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), dies from cancer at 86
  • 1998-02-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • 1999-07-04 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 1999-11-21 Eddie Maxwell [Cherkose], American lyricist (Breathless) and actor, dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2001-11-28 Kal Mann, American lyricist (Let's Twist Again), dies at 84
  • 2002-10-23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • 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 [Basya Cohen], American lyricist (On The Town; Just In Time), dies at 89
  • 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)
  • 2009-11-05 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, dies at 84
  • 2011-11-05 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 2012-09-01 Hal David, American lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), dies at 91
  • 2014-06-19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • 2016-07-07 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), dies at 83
  • 2017-11-22 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), dies at 96
  • 2018-02-07 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead), dies at 70
  • 2019-09-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78