New Tome Celebrates "Lyrics of Frank Loesser" in November

News   New Tome Celebrates "Lyrics of Frank Loesser" in November On November 20 Alfred A. Knopf will publish "The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser."
Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser

The 352-page tome, edited by Robert Kimball and Steve Nelson, will feature Loesser's entire oeuvre: lyrics to 750 songs, many of them never-before published. With 40 illustrations, "The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser" will have a list price of $49.95. Born June 29, 1910, Frank Loesser was a producer, lyricist, composer, writer and musical supervisor. His most famous musicals include Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Where's Charley? and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Loesser also wrote The Illustrators' Show and Greenwillow, the score to the film "Hans Christian Andersen" as well as the lyrics for more than 100 films.

About Loesser, Tony-winning Titanic composer Maury Yeston said, "Frank Loesser could write authoritatively in virtually any style and, frankly, did. A genius melodist and a supergenius lyricist, only he would ever rhyme 'pelts' with 'else' ['Take Back Your Mink'] or 'India' with 'been to ya' ['They’re Either Too Young or Too Old'] while simultaneously combining a crackling intellect with a heart as big as the moon."

Some of Loesser's hundreds of songs include "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "On a Slow Boat to China," "Heart and Soul," "A Bushel and a Peck," "If I Were a Bell," "Standing on the Corner," "I've Never Been in Love Before," "Thumbelina," "Once in Love with Amy" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."

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