Friday, June 12, 2015

Jule Styne. King.

 Writer of literally hundreds of songs, 
Julius Kerwin Stein was born in London in1905. 
He would go on to collaborate with the best lyricists of the day, 
from Sammy Cahn and Comden and Green to Leo Robin and Stephen Sondheim.
In 1972, Jule would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 When he was 8, his family emigrated from England to settle in Chicago,
where Jule was hailed as a piano prodigy.
Like Cy Coleman, he performed with well-known orchestras at a young age,
the Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras,
before he was 10.

 An early lyricist collaborator was Sammy Kahn(on the left)...
with whom he wrote "It's Been A Long, Long Time",
"Five Minutes More", "I've Heard That Song Before"
"I Fall In Love Too Easily", and the Oscar-winning song "Three Coins In A Fountain
(and MANY MORE!).
His songs were championed by Frank Sinatra and, I guess,
Jimmy Durante liked his tunes, as well.

 Broadway show-wise, he collaborated with Kahn,
Comden and Green (above), and many others.
Here, waiting at the recording session for Bells Are Ringing.

 At the recording session for Gypsy.
From the left, Sandra Church, Lane Bradbury, Jule, Arthur Laurents, and 
lyricst partner Stephen Sondheim.

Partying with Ethel Merman (love those curls, Ethel!)
and Barbara Hutton.

 Funny Girl, 1964.
Jule partnered with lyricist Bob Merrill
to create Barbra Streisand's tour de force.

1905 - 1994

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