Carl Sigman

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Carl Sigman
Background information
Born(1909-09-24)September 24, 1909
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
DiedSeptember 26, 2000(2000-09-26) (aged 91)
Manhasset, Town of North Hempstead, New York
Occupation(s)Songwriter, lyricist

Carl Sigman (September 24, 1909 – September 26, 2000) was an American songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish-American family,[1] Sigman graduated from law school and passed his bar exams to practice in the state of New York. Instead of law, encouraged by his friend Johnny Mercer, he embarked on a songwriting career, that saw him become one of the most prominent and successful songwriters in American music history. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in Africa, during World War II.[2]


Although Sigman wrote many song melodies, he was primarily a lyricist who collaborated with songwriters such as Bob Hilliard, Bob Russell, Jimmy van Heusen, and Duke Ellington.

He also wrote English language lyrics to many songs which were originally composed in other languages, such as "Answer Me", "Till", "The Day the Rains Came", "You're My World", and "What Now My Love?". During the big band era, Sigman composed works used by top band leaders such as Glenn Miller and Guy Lombardo. These included "Pennsylvania 6-5000".[3] His songs were also hits for individual singers. Some of the best-known are "My Heart Cries for You", which was recorded by three different artists in 1951: Dinah Shore, Guy Mitchell and Vic Damone. Two years later, Sigman's song "Ebb Tide" was a hit for Frank Chacksfield; and was a Top 10 Billboard chart hit in 1965 for the Righteous Brothers.[2] It was also recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters and hundreds of others.

Tommy Edwards scored a No. 1 in 1958 with "It's All in the Game", with lyrics by Sigman set to music the future Vice President Charles Gates Dawes had composed in 1912. He is most widely remembered for writing the lyrics for "Where Do I Begin", the theme song for Love Story.[2] Love Story went on to become the top grossing U.S. film of 1970[4] and the song became a hit for Andy Williams.[5]


In 1972, Sigman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[6]


Sigman died on September 26, 2000, at home in Manhasset, New York.[2]

Published songs[edit]


  1. ^ Freedland, Michael (October 18, 2000). "Carl Sigman". The Guardian. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Martin, Douglas (September 30, 2000). "Carl Sigman, 91, Songsmith Who Made Generations Hum". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Carl Sigman, Composer of 'Pennsylvania 6-5000,' Dies". The Washington Post. October 1, 2000. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Love Story, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 258.
  6. ^ "Carl Sigman". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 3, 2018.

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