Category Search - lyricist (Writer of words for songs)

(87 found)

Babydaddy
singer, musician, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Scott Hoffman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Glam rock group Scissor Sisters vocalist and instrumentalist.

Azealia Banks
rapper, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Azealia Amanda Banks
Also Known As:
Miss Bank$
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album 212.

Susan Blanchard (socialite)
lyricist, producer, socialite

Real/Birth Name:
Susan Jacobson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

daughter of
ex-wife of
Younger than Henry Fonda by 22 years.
wife of
Richard Widmark, until his death.
Younger than Richard Widmark by 13 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Theatrical lyricist and producer and socialite.

Brandon Boyd
singer, lyricist, painter, musician, writer, photographer

Real/Birth Name:
Brandon Charles Boyd
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
44, 27 days before his 45th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band Incubus. Book White Fluffy Clouds: Found Inspiration Moving Forward.

Edie Brickell
singer, writer, composer, lyricist, folk, bluegrass, actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Edie Arlisa Brickell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Paul Simon by 24 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie Born on the Fourth of July. Broadway musical play Bright Star.

Lew Brown
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Brownstein
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote words for songs Button Up Your Overcoat, The Best Things in Lfe are Free, Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries. Often teamed with Ray Henderson, Buddy De Sylva.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Felice Bryant
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Matilda Genevieve Scaduto
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Boudleaux Bryant, until his earlier death.
Younger than Boudleaux Bryant by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Wrote over 800 songs including Rocky Top, Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Bye Bye Love with husband Boudleaux Bryant - many for the Everly Brothers.

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Geezer Butler
lyricist, musician, bassist, metal

Real/Birth Name:
Terence Michael Joseph Butler
Nickname(s):
Terry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Bassist for group Black Sabbath.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Guitar Center RockWalk 1992 as a member of group Black Sabbath.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of group Black Sabbath.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005 as a member of group Black Sabbath.

Sammy Cahn
lyricist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Cohen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Love and Marriage, High Hopes, Three Coins in the Fountain. With James Van Heusen, songs Love and Marriage, My Kind of Town, High Hopes, All the Way.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6540 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry2 February 1990

Canibus
rapper, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Germaine Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Reputation as a rhymer. Album As the Rap World Turns with LL Cool J.

Jerry Cantrell
musician, singer, lyricist, metal

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grunge/metal band Alice in Chains as a guitarist and lead vocalist.

Irene Cara
actor, singer, dancer, lyricist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Irene Cara Escalera
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Fame, Flashdance, Sister Sister. Sang theme song for Fame. Wrote words for song Flashdance - What a Feeling.

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Jim Carroll
poet, lyricist, writer, musician, basketball, punk

Real/Birth Name:
James Dennis Carroll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song People Who Died. Album Catholic Boy. Band The Jim Carroll Band, new wave/punk rock. Book which became a movie The Basketball Diaries documents his teenage years and drug addiction.

June Carroll
lyricist, singer, writer, actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
June Sillman
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Performed in Broadway revue New Faces of 1962 songs Love Is a Simple Thing, Penny Candy.

Betty Comden
lyricist, actor, writer, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Basya Cohen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Incorrectly reported as Elizabeth Cohen birth name. Worked with composer Adolph Green. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including musical play Hallelujah, Baby!.

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Marc Connelly
writer, director, producer, lyricist, educator, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Marcus Cook Connelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Madeline Hurlock by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1930. Play The Green Pastures. Movie The Spirit of St. Louis.

Andrea Corr
singer, musician, lyricist, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Andrea Jane Corr
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Performs and sings with Irish pop group The Corrs. Album VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live in Dublin. Movie Evita in a minor role.

Fanny Crosby
lyricist, religion, poet, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Jane Crosby
Also Known As:
Frances van Alstyne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blind since shortly after birth. Writer of the words for many popular Christian Protestant hymns. Song Blessed Assurance (...Jesus is mine...Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine.) and songs I Am Thine, O Lord, Rescue the Perishing, Tell Me the Story of Jesus, Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour, To God Be the Glory.

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Ben Cross
actor, writer, director, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Bernard Cross
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Chariots of Fire, First Knight, A Bridge Too Far, Star Trek (2009).

Hal David
lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Lane David
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyricist with Burt Bacharach on songs Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Walk on By, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, Alfie, What's New Pussycat.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry14 October 2011

Buddy De Sylva
lyricist, writer, producer, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
George Gard De Sylva
Also Known As:
B.G. "Buddy" De Sylva
B.G. De Sylva
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Often teamed with Lew Brown, Ray Henderson. Co-founder of Capitol Records.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry4 June 1992

Blossom Dearie
singer, jazz, musician, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Margrete Blossom Dearie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cabaret singer and pianist. Member of group Blue Flames.

Doug E. Fresh
rapper, singer, composer, lyricist, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Douglas E. Davis
Nickname(s):
The Human Beatbox
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Tapeheads, Ghostbusters II. Song La Di Da Di.

Vernon Duke
composer, lyricist, military, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Vladimir Dukelsky
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Scores for Broadway and London plays. US Coast Guard in World War II. Songs April in Paris, Taking a Chance on Love.

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Fred Ebb
lyricist, Tony Award, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Fred Ebb
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyricist of musicals with John Kander. Musicals Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman. Movie Funny Lady. Song New York, New York.

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Ray Evans
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Bernard Evans
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyrics for songs Mona Lisa, Buttons and Bows, Silver Bells, Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). Duo Livingston & Evans.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry12 January 1995 as a member of group Livingston & Evans.

Everlast
rapper, lyricist, actor, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Erik Schrody
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group House of Pain. Albums Shamrocks and Shenanigans, White Trash Beautiful. Song What It's Like. Movie Judgement Day. White rapper.

Eyedea
rapper, singer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Larsen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28, 24 days before his 29th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22

Brief Facts:

Duo Eyedea & Abilities. Died in sleep, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fashion
rapper, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Berntony Smalls
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Group The Beatnuts.

Dani Filth
singer, writer, lyricist, metal

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Lloyd Davey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of heavy metal band Cradle of Filth.

Sylvia Fine
lyricist, composer, producer, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Sylvia Fine
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Danny Kaye, until his earlier death.
Younger than Danny Kaye by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Songs Lullaby in Ragtime, The Five Pennies.

Gloria Gaither
singer, composer, lyricist, gospel

Real/Birth Name:
Gloria Sickal
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Bill Gaither by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

TV show Homecoming. Member The Bill Gaither Trio. Southern gospel singer. Composer with her husband. Often the lyricist.

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Ira Gershwin
lyricist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Israel Gershowitz
Also Known As:
Israel Gershwin
Arthur Francis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than George Gershwin by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Duo George & Ira Gershwin. Songs But Not for Me, Embraceable You, I Can't Get Started, I Got Rhythm, Nice Work if You Can Get It, They Can't Take That Away from Me, Someone to Watch Over Me, S Wonderful, Strike Up the Band. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1932.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry5 June 1998 as a member of group George & Ira Gershwin.

Kathie Lee Gifford
tv, singer, actor, producer, style, writer, composer, lyricist, Broadway, game show

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Lee Epstein
Also Known As:
Kathie Lee Johnson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

mother of
mother of
wife of
Frank Gifford, until his death.
Younger than Frank Gifford by 23 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

TV show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Co-host. TV show Hee Haw Honeys. Co-host fourth hour of TV show Today. A clothing line. Albums Goodnight, Angel, Party Animals. Wrote and produced the play Under the Bridge. Sang songs on TV show Name That Tune. Composer of Broadway musical Scandalous.

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Gilbert
lyricist, director, producer, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
William Schwenck Gilbert
Also Known As:
Sir Willam S. Gilbert
W. S. Gilbert
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Knighted. Composer duo Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Musical (operetta) (movie) The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance.

Gerry Goffin
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Goffin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Carole King by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Some Kind of Wonderful, Take Good Care of My Baby, The Loco-Motion, Hey Girl, Up on the Roof, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp), Just Once in My Life, Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To). Many songs written with Carole King.

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Otto Harbach
lyricist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Otto Abels Hauerbach
Also Known As:
Otto Abels Harbach
Otto A. Harbach
Otto A. Hauerbach
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Indian Love Call, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Broadway musical No, No, Nanette.

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E.Y. Harburg
lyricist, writer, producer, accident, blacklist, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
Isadore Hochburg
Also Known As:
Edgar Yip Harburg
E.Y. Harburg
Nickname(s):
Yip
Yipsel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 34 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, used in movie The Wizard of Oz. Song Brother Can You Spare a Dime. Died in a car accident in Los Angeles.

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Lorenz Hart
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Lorenz Hart
Also Known As:
Larry Hart
Nickname(s):
Larry
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Worked with Richard Rodgers as composer. Movie/musical Pal Joey. Called "Larry" by all his friends.

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Moss Hart
writer, director, Broadway, Tony Award, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Moss Hart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Kitty Carlisle, until he died.
Older than Kitty Carlisle by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Broadway musical play My Fair Lady. Movies A Star is Born (1954), Winged Victory. Lyrics of song The Whiffenpoof Song.

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Jerry Herman
composer, lyricist, director, writer, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Sheldon Herman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musical theatre. Tony Awards and nominations. Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mame.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7095 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater1 February 1994

Jules Irving
producer, actor, director, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Jules Israel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
husband of
Priscilla Pointer, until he died.
Younger than Priscilla Pointer by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

TV mini-series Loose Change.

Anthony Kiedis
singer, lyricist, producer, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Kiedis
Also Known As:
Tony Flow
Cole Dammett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocals and foundng member of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Movie F.I.S.T. acting with name Cole Damett.

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Larry LaPrise
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Roland Lawrence LaPrise
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Held copyright for song The Hokey Pokey for a time. He and two others, his group The Ram Trio, wrote the lyrics. Authorship was disputed in court.

Jerry Leiber
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Jerome Leiber
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote the words to songs Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Young Blood, Searchin', Yakety Yak, On Broadway, There Goes My Baby, Charlie Brown, Along Came Jones, Poison Ivy. Duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry3 November 1994 as a member of group Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Alan Jay Lerner
lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Jay Lerner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musical movies My Fair Lady, Gigi,, Camelot. Especially teamed with Frederick Loewe. Song I Could Have Danced All Night. Married eight times.

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Seth MacFarlane
writer, actor, producer, director, lyricist, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie A Million Ways to Die in the West. TV series Family Guy, American Dad!.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6259 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry23 April 2019

Billy Mackenzie
singer, lyricist, suicide, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
William MacArthur Mackenzie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

High tenor voice Scottish singer. Founding member, group Associates. Overdosed on a combination of paracetamol and prescription medication in the garden shed of his father's house.

Johnny Mercer
singer, lyricist, composer, business

Real/Birth Name:
John Herndon Mercer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), Lazybones, The Glow-Worm, Something?s Gotta Give, That Old Black Magic, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Autumn Leaves, Moon River, Summer Wind. Co-founder of Capitol Records.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1628 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Bob Merrill
composer, lyricist, suicide, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Robert Merrill Levan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyricist for musical/movie Funny Girl. Songs Don't Rain on my Parade, (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?, People, Mambo Italiano. Broadway musical plays Funny Girl, Breakfast at Tiffanys. Suicide by gunshot.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda
composer, actor, rapper, writer, lyricist, Broadway, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
41, 3 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Broadway musicals In the Heights, Hamilton: An American Musical.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater30 November 2018

Monty Norman
singer, composer, lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Monty Noserovitch
Also Known As:
Monte Norman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Composed song The James Bond Theme used in movie Dr. No and all sequels.

Ivor Novello
composer, lyricist, actor

Real/Birth Name:
David Ivor Davies
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote the song Keep the Home Fires Burning, popular in World War I days. Acted in Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Lodger. Wrote and starred in several London musicals.

Laura Nyro
composer, musician, lyricist, singer, jazz, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Laura Nigro
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

She pronounced the name "NEER-oh". Song Wedding Bell Blues, Stoned Soul Picnic, And When I Die.

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Per Ohlin
musician, singer, lyricist, metal, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Per Yngve Ohlin
Also Known As:
Per "Dead" Ohlin
Nickname(s):
Dead
Pelle
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
22
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead vocals, black metal band Mayhem. Often cut himself at live performances. Suicide, slit his wrists and throat with a knife and then shot himself in the forehead with a shotgun. He left a brief suicide note apologizing for firing a gun indoors. The first sentence written on the note was: "Excuse the blood." A bandmate made necklaces with bits of his skull.

Kenny Ortega
choreographer, director, producer, Broadway, composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Kenneth John Ortega
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Choreographed movies Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, St. Elmo's Fire, High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Broadway musical Marilyn.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry24 July 2019

Neil Peart
lyricist, musician, metal

Real/Birth Name:
Neil Ellwood Peart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced PEERT. Main Lyricist and drummer. Member of band Rush. Songs Tom Sawyer, Limelight, The Spirit of Radio. Awarded Officer of the Order of Canada 1996.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Canada's Walk of Fame 1999 as a member of group Rush.
Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1994 as a member of group Rush.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 as a member of group Rush.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry25 June 2010 as a member of group Rush.

Molly Picon
actor, singer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Małka Opiekun
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Yiddish theatre star. Movie musical Fiddler on the Roof in role of Yentl.

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Doc Pomus
singer, musician, composer, blues, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Jerome Solon Felder
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyricist for songs A Teenager in Love, Save the Last Dance for Me, This Magic Moment and more.

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Cole Porter
composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Cole Albert Porter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musical movies Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate. Album Bing Crosby Sings Cole Porter Songs.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Louis Prima
singer, bandleader, actor, composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Prima
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Keely Smith by 21 years.

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced "Loo-ee Pree-ma." Song That Old Black Magic.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1615 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry25 July 2010

Prodigy
rapper, lyricist, criminal

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Johnson
Also Known As:
P
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died from sickle-cell anemia. Group Mobb Deep. Three and a half year sentence for unlawful gun possession. Albums H.N.I.C., Return of the Mac.

Tim Rice
lyricist, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
Timothy Miles Bindon Rice
Also Known As:
Sir Tim Rice
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Aida. Was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6243 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater20 October 2008

Minnie Riperton
singer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Minnie Julia Riperton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Words to song Lovin' You.

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Billy Rose
producer, lyricist, composer, director, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
William Samuel Rosenberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:
Height:
4 feet 11 inches (149.86 cm)

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Eleanor Holm by 14 years.
ex-husband of
Younger than Fanny Brice by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Devil's Advocate, A League of Their Own, The English Patient.

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Adrian Ross
lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Reed Ropes
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Rewrote words for musical Mirette.

Jerry Ross
composer, lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Jerold Rossberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musicals Pajama Game, Damn Yankees. Songs Hey There, Hernando's Hideaway, Whatever Lola Wants, Steam Heat.

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Harry Ruby
lyricist, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Rubenstein
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Often teamed with Bert Kalmar. Song Who's Sorry Now?. Wrote movie The Life of the Party (1937).

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Carole Bayer Sager
composer, lyricist, singer, writer, painter, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Carole Bayer
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Burt Bacharach by 18 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs The Prayer, That's What Friends Are For. Broadway musical Georgy.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry14 February 2000

Bon Scott
singer, accident, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Belford Scott
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

With band AC/DC. Album Highway to Hell. Died 1980 - choked after a night of binge drinking.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

ARIA Hall of Fame 1988 as a member of group AC/DC.
Guitar Center RockWalk 2000 as a member of group AC/DC.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2003 as a member of group AC/DC.

Shanell
singer, activist, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Shanell Woodgette
Also Known As:
SNL
Shanell aka SNL
SnL
S&L
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Activist for breast cancer awareness.

Sunny Skylar
singer, composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Selig Shaftel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Amor, You're Breaking My Heart.

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Everett Sloane
actor, radio, Broadway, lyricist, composer, director, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Everett H. Sloane
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Broadway plays Boy Meets Girl, Room Service. Radio shows Mercury Theatre, The Shadow. Animated cartoon TV series The Dick Tracy Show in role of Dick Tracy. TV series Zorro. Movies Citizen Kane, The Desert Fox, Marjorie Morningstar. Committed suicide by barbiturate overdose, apparently because he feared he was going blind.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Stephen Sondheim
composer, lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Joshua Sondheim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musical plays A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods. Also wrote the lyrics to musicals West Side Story, Gypsy.

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Redd Stewart
lyricist, country

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Ellis Stewart
Also Known As:
Henry Redd Stewart
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Wrote words to song Tennessee Waltz (composed by Pee Wee King, sung by Patti Page), made the Tennessee state song in 1965. Song Bonaparte's Retreat with King.

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Richard Stilgoe
lyricist, actor, musician, Tony Award, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Henry Simpson Stilgoe
Also Known As:
Sir Richard Stilgoe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lyrics for musicals Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera. Appointed OBE. Nominated for the Tony Award. Knighted in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Billy Strayhorn
jazz, musician, composer, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
William Thomas Strayhorn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist, arranger. Group Duke Ellington Orchestra. Song Take the 'A' Train.

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Jule Styne
composer, lyricist, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Julius Kerwin Stein
Nickname(s):
Julie
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Songs Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, The Party's Over, Three Coins in the Fountain, Make Someone Happy, People.

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Suga T
rapper, actor, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Tenina Stevens
Also Known As:
Suga-T
Gender:
Female

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Group The Click. Movie Obstacles.

Linda Thompson
actor, lyricist, model

Real/Birth Name:
Linda Diane Thompson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

mother of
mother of
wife of
Younger than Caitlyn Jenner by less than 1 year.
ex-wife of
Younger than David Foster by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Beauty pageant winner. Dated Elvis Presley. Lyricist for a number of songs with David Foster.

Garry Trudeau
writer, producer, director, actor, cartoonist, activist, Broadway, lyricist

Real/Birth Name:
Garretson Beekman Trudeau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Jane Pauley by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Creator of the cartoon Doonesbury. TV series Alpha House. Broadway musical Doonesbury.

Uffie
rapper, lyricist, style

Real/Birth Name:
Anna-Catherine Hartley
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

American, based in Paris, France. Music styles are hip-hop, electro, and dance. Album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans. Songs (singles) Pop the Glock, Ready to Uff.

Pete Wentz
musician, lyricist, singer, writer, business, bassist, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 6 inches (167.64 cm)

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Ashlee Simpson by 5 years.
father of
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Bassist, backup singer, Chicago are band Fall Out Boy. Album Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend. Book The Boy with the Thorn in His Side.

Jed Whedon
writer, producer, actor, director, lyricist, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Jed Whedon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

half-brother of
Younger than Joss Whedon by 11 years.
son of
older brother of
Older than Zack Whedon by 4 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dollhouse, Spartacus: War of the Damned.

Mason Williams
composer, musician, writer, comedy, poet, lyricist, bluegrass

Real/Birth Name:
Mason Douglas Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV shows Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour. Guitar and banjo.

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Meredith Willson
composer, lyricist, musician, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 28 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Played flute with John Sousa's band. Wrote song May the Good Lord Bless You and Keep You. Musical and movie The Music Man. Musical Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

P G Wodehouse
writer, lyricist, knighted

Real/Birth Name:
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Also Known As:
Sir P G Wodehouse
P. G. Wodehouse
Nickname(s):
Plum
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Wrote play (musical) Anything Goes. Books in the Jeeves series. Knighted.
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