Lee Adams

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Lee Adams
Born Lee Richard Adams
(1924-08-14) August 14, 1924 (age 93)
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Writer, librettist
Residence Briarcliff Manor, New York
Period 1955–present
Notable works Bye Bye Birdie

Lee Richard Adams (born August 14, 1924) is an American lyricist best known for his musical theatre collaboration with Charles Strouse.


Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Adams is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leopold Adams and is a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School.[1] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master's from Columbia University.

Adams won Tony Awards in 1961 for Bye Bye Birdie and in 1970 for Applause and was nominated for a Tony in 1965 for Golden Boy.[2] In addition, he wrote the lyrics for All American, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Bring Back Birdie, and A Broadway Musical, and the book and lyrics for Ain't Broadway Grand. Additionally, Charles Strouse and Adams co-wrote "Those Were the Days", the opening theme to the TV situation comedy All in the Family. Adams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.[3]

Adams and his wife have lived in Briarcliff Manor, New York since the early 2000s and has a daughter and granddaughter.[4]

Non-musical writing[edit]

In addition to his work with lyrics, Adams "had a lifelong fascination with words," which led to his being an editor for the Sunday newspaper magazine supplement This Week and a member of the staff of Pageant magazine.[5]



  1. ^ "Lyricist Lee Adams to Write Show Biz Column". Ohio, Mansfield. News-Journal. February 23, 1975. p. 1. Retrieved November 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Lee Adams". Tony Awards. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lee Adams". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Kramer, Peter D. (October 16, 2015). "Briarcliff's 'Birdie' connection, Lee Adams". The Journal News. Gannett Company. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Bloom, Ken (2007). Routledge Guide to Broadway. New York City: Routledge. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-415-97380-9. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 

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