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)
  • 1745-03-25 Nicolas Etienne Framery, French composer and lyricist, born in Rouen, France (d. 1810)
  • 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)
  • 1875-06-23 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), born in New York City (d. 1995)

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

Person of interestCole Porter

1891-06-09 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist ("Anything Goes"; "Night And Day"; "I've Got You Under My Skin"), born in Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 1891-06-10 Al Dubin, Swiss-American lyricist ("Tiptoe Through The Tulips"; "I Only Have Eyes For You"; "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me"), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1945)
  • 1894-01-16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 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") and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, 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 ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1896-09-08 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), 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 New York City (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)
  • 1906-01-07 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), born in Braddock, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)
  • 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 ("Love Is A Many Splendored Thing"; "The Shadow Of Your Smile"; "I Got It Bad, And That Ain't Good"), 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 [Leroyer], French songwriter and lyricist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • 1919-08-26 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; Chico & the Man), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • 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"; "What The World Needs Now Is Love";"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"), 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 musical theater lyricist (Fiorello; Fiddler on the Roof), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924-05-19 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1925-09-30 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)
  • 1925-10-05 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Miserables), born in Kroonstad, Union of South Africa (d. 2020)
  • 1928-04-08 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady), born in New York City (d. 2004)
  • 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 songwriter 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; Into The Woods; Company), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-07-21 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • 1931-01-29 Leslie Bricuse, British theater and film composer and lyricist ("Stop the World - I Want to Get Off; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Pinner, Middlesex
  • 1931-05-25 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1933-03-23 Dave Frishberg, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist ("I'm Just A Bill"), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1933-04-10 Rokusuke Ei, Japanese author and lyricist (Sukiyaki), born in Asakusa, Tokyo (d. 2016)
  • 1934-11-24 Martin Charnin, American Broadway stage singer, dancer (West Side Story), director, and lyricist (Annie), born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1939-02-11 Gerry Goffin, American pop and rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1939-05-02 Tony Asher, English-American lyricist ("God Only Knows"; "Wouldn't It Be Nice"; "That's Life"), born in London, England
  • 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 musical lyricist, born in Saint-Raymond, Quebec
  • 1943-12-27 Peter Sinfield, British lyricist (King Crimson; Emerson, Lake, & Palmer; Celine Dion), and haiku poet, born in Fulham, London, England

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
  • 1945-10-19 Keith Reid, British lyricist and poet (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1946-07-09 Bon Scott [Ronald Belford Scott], Australian rock musician (lead singer and lyricist of AC/DC), born in Forfar, Scotland (d. 1980)
  • 1946-10-24 John Bettis, American lyricist ("Top Of The World"; "Crazy For You"; "Slow Hand"), born in Long Beach, California

Person of interestIggy Pop

1947-04-21 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American singer and lyricist known as "The Godfather of Punk" (The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; solo - "Lust For Life"), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • 1947-10-03 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 1949-11-18 Herman Rarebell [Hermann Erbel], German rock drummer and lyricist (Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"), born in Schmelz, West Germany
  • 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 lyricist (Elton John), and singer, born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1951-02-09 David Pomeranz, American singer, composer, lyricist, and writer for musical theater ("On This Day"), born in New York City
  • 1952-02-28 William Finn, American theatrical composer, lyricist, and Tony Award Winner (Falsettos; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-01-29 Louie F. Pérez, Jr., American lyricist, percussionist, guitarist, and jarana player (Los Lobos - "Will The Wolf Survive?"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-11-04 Chris Difford, British lyricist, guitarist and vocalist (Squeeze - "Black Coffee In Bed"; "Tempted"), born in Greenwich, London
  • 1957-04-24 David J [Haskins], British alternative rock bassist, lyricist (Bauhaus; Love And Rockets), and playwright (Silver for Gold), born in Northampton, England
  • 1959-06-22 Nicola Sirkis, French singer and lyricist (Indochine)
  • 1959-10-16 Gary Kemp, British rock guitarist and lyricist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Smithfield, London

Person of interestBono

1960-05-10 Bono [Paul Hewson], Irish rock singer and lyricist (U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"; "Desire"; "Beautiful Day"; "One"), born in Dublin, Ireland

Rocker Bono
Rocker
Bono
  • 1969-01-20 Nicky Wire [Jones], Welsh rock bassist and lyricist (Manic Street Preachers), born in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1976-04-30 Amanda Palmer, American performance artist, pianist, singer, and lyricist (The Dresden Dolls), born in New York City
  • 1978-03-12 Claudio Sanchez, American rock singer, guitarist, and lyricist (Coheed and Cambria), born in Suffern, New York
  • 1986-08-30 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco), born in Las Vegas,Nevada

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 (I Could Write A Book, My Funny Valentine) and half of the Broadway musical team Rodgers and Hart, dies of pneumonia from exposure after drinking heavily in NYC 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

Person of interestCole Porter

1964-10-15 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist ("Anything Goes"; "Night And Day"; "I've Got You Under My Skin"), dies at 73

Composer and Lyricist Cole Porter
Composer and Lyricist
Cole Porter
  • 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 ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), 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 ("Dancing In The Dark"; "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans"), 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, American songwriter ("Thanks For the Memory"; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"), dies of heart failure at 84
  • 1985-04-21 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, dies at 91
  • 1986-01-02 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 1995-11-03 (Sidney Edward) "Eddie" Pola [Pollacsek], American radio and TV producer, and lyricist ("The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"; "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight"), dies at 88
  • 1998-02-17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (People, Mambo Italiano), commits suicide at 72
  • 1999-07-04 Ronald "Ronny" Graham [Stringer], American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (M*A*S*H; 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 musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady) dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 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"; "What The World Needs Now Is Love";"Do You Know the Way to San Jose"), dies at 91
  • 2014-06-19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • 2014-08-27 (Alexander) "Sandy" Wilson, British theatrical composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend; Divorce Me, Darling!), dies at 90
  • 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 - "Eyes Of The World"), dies at 70
  • 2019-07-06 Martin Charnin, American Broadway stage singer, dancer (West Side Story), director, and lyricist (Annie), dies after a heart attack at 84
  • 2019-09-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • 2020-10-14 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Misérables), dies at 95 [1]
  • 2021-06-11 John Gabriel [Jack Monkarsh], American stage and screen actor (Ryan's Hope), singer, lyricist, and producer, dies at 90

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