Lorenz Hart

By | May 2, 2012

May 2nd is the anniversary of the birth of Lorenz Hart. Many many not know the name, but few don’t know at least one of the many songs he wrote along with Richard Rodgers during the 1920’s, 30’s and into the 40’s. He wrote the lyrics to Blue Moon, The Lady Is a Tramp, Where or When, Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, Falling in Love with Love, My Funny Valentine and many others.

Lorenz Hart was born in 1895 to a Jewish German immigrant family in Harlem, New York. To nearly all, but his mother, he was called Larry.

In 1919, he met the 16 year old Richard Rodgers when they worked together to write songs for an amateur club show. Their first broadway show opened on May 17, 1925 at the Garrick Theatre. The show was called the Garrick Gaieties.

When the motion pictures began to talk in the late 20’s, many broadway performers and writers went to Hollywood. The song writing team of Rodgers and Hart were included in those ranks. It was in Hollywood in 1934 that they wrote Blue Moon.

By 1935, the team was brought back to Broadway by Billy Rose to write the the songs for his production, Jumbo. Between 1936 and 1943 the team worked on 8 musicals among them Babe in Arms and Pal Joey.

The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hart was the revival of their A Connecticut Yankee. The show included six new songs by the team and opened on November 17, 1943. Hart had been ill while they worked on the project. He developed pneumonia and died on November 22, 1943.


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