Bernard Bierman

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Bernard "Bernie" Bierman (August 26, 1908 – November 5, 2012) was an American composer of popular songs.[1]


Bierman was born in New York City.[2] He studied pre-law and law at NYU and Brooklyn Law School, passing the bar in 1930. He practiced law until 1942 when he joined the U.S. Army where he served until 1945.

After the war he was part of Tin Pan Alley, writing a multitude of songs that were performed by such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Harry James, Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Xavier Cugat and Jimmy Heath.

Two of his best known songs of this period are "Midnight Masquerade", recorded 11 different times, which reached number 3 in the charts, and "Vanity", recorded by Don Cherry, which reached the Top 20.

He retired from music in 1952, but returned in 1986 when his song "Cuban Mambo" was featured in the Woody Allen film Crimes and Misdemeanors.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Farmer Weds a Widow, A Musical Romance (1998)
  • We Have Something to Say, A Musical Revue (1999)
  • Why?
  • It Must Be You
  • My Cousin Louella
  • I Wouldn't Be Surprised
  • Midnight Masquerade
  • I Can't Sleep
  • Don't Shout!
  • Now and Then
  • Forgiving You
  • Where Were You
  • I Can Tell
  • Let Me Be The One
  • Anything for a Laugh
  • Lies
  • Go Away
  • Immigrant Song
  • Confetti
  • A Puppet on a String
  • City Limits


  • The Other Half of Me (1995)
  • The Farmer Weds a Widow: A Musical Romance (1998 Studio Cast Recording)
  • We Have Something to Say: A Musical Revue (1999)
  • Somewhere in the World (2002)
  • Bernie's Journey (2005)
  • Discoveries (2007)


  1. ^  . "Tin Pan Alley Composer Bernie Bierman Dies At 104". Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2012-12-02.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ Bernie Bierman biography Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Composer Bernard Bierman Celebrates Centennial Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine

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