Lew Pollack

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Lew Pollack (June 16, 1895 – January 18, 1946) was an American song composer and musician active during the 1920s and the 1930s.

Career[edit]

Pollack was born in New York City where he went to DeWitt Clinton High School and was active as a boy soprano in a choral group headed by Walter Damrosch.

Starting out as a singer and pianist in vaudeville acts he began writing theme music for silent films before collaborating with others on popular songs.[1] In 1914, he wrote "That's a Plenty", a rag that became an enduring Dixieland standard.

Among his best-known songs are "Charmaine" and "Diane" with Ernö Rapée, "Miss Annabelle Lee",[2] My Yiddishe Momme" (wih Jack Yellen, made famous by Sophie Tucker, "Two Cigarettes in the Dark", "At the Codfish Ball"[3] (featured in the Shirley Temple movie "Captain January" with Buddy Ebsen, and later the title of a Mad Men television episode), and Go In and Out The Window, now a children's music standard. He also collaborated with Paul Francis Webster, Sidney Clare, and Ned Washington amongst others. He died in Hollywood.

Recognition[edit]

Lew Pollack was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriters Hall of Fame". songhall.org. Retrieved June 25, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 25, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "ASCAP". Ascap.com. Retrieved June 25, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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