Frank Loesser Story

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Frank Loesser is an American songwriter who wrote musical scores to various Broadway hits like Guys and Dolls. Born on June 29, 1910 in New York, to a family of German immigrants with a father for a piano teacher and an older half-brother as a concert pianist, he went on his own way despite his lyrics being known as low class. But he strived to succeed.

He signed his first record deal with Universal Studios in 1936. He worked with composers Burton Lane, Hoagy Carmichael and Jule Styne who were all signed to Paramount.

During World War II, while working as a radio broadcaster, he outdid himself by carrying his own tunes. He shared stories of the soldiers’ lives and told them in a song. This gave him Hollywood fame.

But he shined more in Broadway writing various musical scores. As a testament to this, he won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received two more Tony Awards for his works.

As to his personal life – in 1935, he met his first wife, club singer Lynn Blankenbaker Garland, and was married in 1936. In 1959, he was married to a second wife named Jo Sullivan whom he had two children named Hannah and Emily. He died due to lung cancer at age 59 at his home state.

Now, one of his musicals entitled “How to Succeed in Business” will be re-lived on stage by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe next season.


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