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JACK LAWRENCE  

(b 1912 )

Lyricist, Vocalist, Theater Owner

Jack Lawrence , who was also a singer, wrote lyrics to Frankie Carle’s “Sunrise Serenade” and to Hoagy Carmichael’s “Vagabond Dreams” (1938). The Ink Spots had a huge hit with “If I Didn’t Care” and “All or Nothing at All” (1938), written with Arthur Altman, was picked up by Harry James and became a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1943. Lawrence supplied lyrics for Clara Edwards’ “With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair,” included on the soundtrack of Love Affair (1939). During WWII he organized service bands to entertain troops, and his “Heave Ho, My Lads, Heave Ho” became the official US Maritime Service song.

In 1945 he collaborated on “Symphony,” five recordings of which reached the top ten. In 1946 he wrote English lyrics for Charles Trenet’s beautiful “La Mer” which became “Beyond the Sea.” The song was recorded several times, almost reverentially, until young singer Bobby Darin got a hold of it. Lawrence himself says, “Darin, by adding an irresistible beat to the song, sent it on its way to stardom.” That same year he added lyrics to a waltz written by Walter Gross that became “Tenderly.” He gave the song to Sarah Vaughan and it became a jazz standard.

Lawrence wrote words and music for “Linda” (1946) and also collaborated on pop hits “Delicado” and “Poor People of Paris.” He scored a Broadway show in 1964 and became a theater owner in the ‘80s, producing Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music and co-producing the play, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. His songs appear on the contemporary film soundtracks of Finding Nemo (2003), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and The Shawshank Redemption (1984).

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


View by Role: Non-Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
FITZGERALD, Ella: It's the Way That You Do It (1936-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120611
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Gettin' Sentimental (1939-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120624
Nostalgia
TAUBER, Richard: Love's Serenade (1939-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120752
Nostalgia
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Here's That Band Again (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120619
Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Ceremonial Music Altissimo
75442270612
Choral - Secular, Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND: Early Light Altissimo
75442261602
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
DORSEY, Jimmy: Dorsey Dervish (1936-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120625
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Live in '57 and '63 (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-JIEF
Jazz DVD
JAMES, Harry: Concerto for Trumpet (1939-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120618
Jazz
RIVERS, Mavis: It's A Good Day Delos
DE4002
Contemporary Jazz
SABLON, Jean: C'est si bon' (1934-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120641
Nostalgia
SINATRA, Frank: The Early Years, Vol. 2 (1939-1944) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120586
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND (JAZZ AMBASSADORS): Legacy of Mary Lou Williams (The) Altissimo
75442262102
Contemporary Jazz
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Live in '58 and '64 (NTSC) Naxos
2.119004
Jazz DVD
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Trouble Is A Man (1946-1948) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120763
Nostalgia




 
 
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