|Birth name||Louis Brownstein|
|Born||December 10, 1893|
|Origin||Odessa, Russian Empire|
|Died||February 5, 1958
New York City, United States
|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 wrote the lyrics to Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (1942) which appeared in the film Private Buckaroo. Glenn Miller's version popularized it with World War II soldiers. Not long after this hit, Brown retired from songwriting.
Brown died in New York City on 5 February 1958.
In popular culture
- Von Tilzer, Albert, and Lew Brown. I'm Going Back to Kentucky Sue. New York: York, 1912. OCLC 16992118
- Von Tilzer, Albert, and Lew Brown. Au Revoir But Not Good Bye, Soldier Boy. Broadway Music, 1917. OCLC 459552706
- Von Tilzer, Alber, Charles McCarron, and Lew Brown. What Kind of an American are You?. Broadway Music, 1917. OCLC 72437572
- Brown, Lew, Charles Tobias, and Sam H. Stept. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me). New York: Robbins Music Corp, 1942. OCLC 26008183
- George White's Scandals of 1925 (1925) – revue – co-lyricist
- George White's Scandals of 1926 (1926) – revue – co-lyricist
- Good News (1927) – musical – co-lyricist
- Manhattan Mary (1927) – musical – contributing composer, lyricist, and bookwriter
- George White's Scandals of 1928 (1928) – revue – co-lyricist
- Hold Everything! (1928) – musical – co-lyricist
- Follow Thru (1929) – musical – co-lyricist
- Flying High (1930) – musical – co-lyricist
- George White's Scandals of 1931 (1931) – revue – lyricist
- Hot-Cha! (1932) – Musical theater – lyricist and co-bookwriter
- Strike Me Pink (1933) – revue – co-producer, lyricist, writer, and production supervisor
- Calling All Stars (1934) – revue – producer, writer, lyricist, director, and production supervisor
- Yokel Boy (1939) – musical – producer, director, bookwriter, co-composer, co-lyricist
- Crazy With the Heat (1941) – revue – director
- Mr. Wonderful (1956) – musical – featured songwriter for "Birth of the Blues"
- Good News (1974 revision/revival) – co-composer, co-lyricist
- Big Deal (1986) – musical – featured co-songwriter for "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and "Button Up Your Overcoat"
- Fosse (1999) – revue – featured co-songwriter for "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries"
- Swing! (1999) – revue – featured songwriter for "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"
- Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York: Routledge. p. 54. ISBN 0415938775.
- Furia, Philip (1990). The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: a History of America's Great Lyricists. Oxford University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0195064089.
- Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York and London: Routledge. p. 55. ISBN 0415938775.
- "'The Best Things in Life Are Free' Overview" tcm.com, accessed January 19, 2016
- "Lew Brown Broadway" playbillvault.com, accessed January 19, 2016
- Lew Brown at the Internet Broadway Database
- Lew Brown at the Internet Archive
- Lew Brown, SongWriters Hall of Fame