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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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Doldrums

Doldrums

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(p.35) 5 Doldrums
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Lorenz Hart
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Frederick Nolan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0005

It is hard to escape the impression that in early 1921 the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart was very much in the doldrums: on one hand, Hart putting lyrics to Mel Shauer's songs; on the other, Rodgers working with a different lyricist. Clearly inspired by the huge success of the new Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton hit Sally, which had opened at Ziegfeld's New Amsterdam a few days before Christmas 1920, and which featured Marilyn Miller singing “Look For The Silver Lining,” Rodgers concocted a tune to lyrics by Frank Hunter, who had worked with him on Say It with Jazz. He managed to persuade Lew Fields to interpolate it into a new revue called Snapshots of 1921. The song was called “Every Girlie Wants To Be A Sally,” and if neither the song nor the show (it ran six weeks) was a big hit, the venture presented Rodgers with another opportunity for personal advancement.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, lyrics, songs, Sally, Lew Fields, Frank Hunter, Snapshots

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