Lew Brown

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Lew Brown
Birth name Louis Brownstein
Born (1893-12-10)December 10, 1893
Origin Odessa, Russian Empire
Died February 5, 1958(1958-02-05) (aged 64)
New York City, United States
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Years active 1920's–1950's
Associated acts Albert Von Tilzer, Con Conrad, Harold Arlen, Ray Henderson, Buddy De Sylva

Lew Brown (December 10, 1893 – February 5, 1958), born Louis Brownstein, was a lyricist for popular songs in the United States. He wrote lyrics for many of the top Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the day, including Albert Von Tilzer, Con Conrad, and Harold Arlen. He was one third of a successful songwriting and music publishing team with Ray Henderson and Buddy De Sylva from 1925 until 1929. Brown also wrote or co-wrote several Broadway shows.

Brown was born in Odessa, Russian Empire. His family immigrated to the United States in 1898 and settled in The Bronx of New York City.

He was portrayed by Ernest Borgnine in the 1956 film The Best Things in Life Are Free, about the songwriting team of Brown, De Sylva and Henderson.

Brown died in New York City.

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