Marty Symes

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Marty Symes (1904–1953) was an American lyricist.

Symes was born in Brooklyn New York in 1904.[1] His first significant collaborator was composer Jerry Livingston. In 1932 they wrote "Darkness on the Delta", which became a hit for Mildred Bailey. The next year the Casa Loma Orchestra recorded their "Under the Blanket of Blue" and "It's the Talk of the Town", both co-written with Al J. Neiburg.[2]

In 1936, Symes wrote the lyrics for Isham Jones's hit "There Is No Greater Love".[2] It has been recorded by Guy Lombardo, Billie Holiday, Al Hibbler and many other artists and is considered a jazz standard.[1]

Nino Rota used Symes's "I Have But One Heart", composed by Johnny Farrow, in the 1972 film The Godfather.[2]

Symes died in Forest Hills, New York in 1953.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Marty Symes". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Burlingame, Sandra. "Marty Symes Biography". Retrieved 8 May 2011.