Pierre Norman

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Pierre Norman, born Joseph P. Connor (November 16, 1895 – March 31, 1952), was a clergyman, songwriter, and composer. He was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and died in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1]

As a songwriter he is most famous for co-writing two songs: "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (1930) that appeared in the Maurice Chevalier movie The Big Pond (1930) [2] and "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" (1931), both of which were used in the Marx Brothers movie, Monkey Business [3] and both of which were co-written with Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal. He joined ASCAP in 1925.

He was educated at the Wyoming Conservatory and St. Bonaventure College where he received among other degrees, a Doctor of Music.[4] He also received a musical degree from the Benedictine Fathers. He also studied with Ergildo Martinelli. He was the pastor of St. John's Church in Cliffside, New Jersey; chaplain of the New Jersey State Police for 24 years; and the New Jersey State Guard.[5]

Songs[edit]

  • "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" (from the 1930 film, The Big Pond)
  • "The Golden Dawn" (from the 1930 film, Golden Dawn?)
  • "Little Did I Know" (1930) (words by Pierre Connor & Irving Kahn; music by Vernon Duke & Sammy Fain)[6]
  • “Back Home” (1930) (words and music by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain and Pierre Norman)[7]
  • “Homemade Sunshine” (1930) (words by Pierre Connor & Irving Kahal; music by Sammy Fain)[7]
  • “I’ve Got “It”, But It Don’t Do Me No Good” (1930) (words by Irving Kahal; music by Sammy Fain & Pierre Norman)[7]
  • “If You Could Just Forgive and Forget, I’d Fall in Love all Over Again” (1930) (word by Irving Kahal; music by Sammy Fain & Pierre Norman)[7]
  • “Mia Cara” (1930) (words by Irving Kahal; music by Sammy Fain & Pierre Norman) [7]
  • “Once a Gypsy Told Me You Were Mine” (1930) (words and music by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal & Pierre Norman) [7]
  • “Satan’s Holiday” (used in the 1930 film “Follow the Leader”) (words and music by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal & Pierre Norman Connor) [7]
  • "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" (from the 1931 film Monkey Business)
  • "Lillies of Lorraine"
  • "The Far Green Hills of Home"
  • "Little Black Dog"
  • "I Shall Return"
  • "Lord's Prayer"
  • "Our Father"
  • "Ave Maria"
  • "Miracle of the Bells"

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0635604/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
  2. ^ "The Big Pond (1930) - Overview". TCM.com. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  3. ^ "Monkey Business (1931) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  4. ^ "Pierre Norman, songwriter: Reference Sources". Greatamericansongbook.net. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0635604/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm>
  6. ^ "the database of popular music :: Songs co-written by Vernon Duke and Pierre Norman Connor". dbopm. Retrieved 2017-05-20.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "the database of popular music :: Songs co-written by Sammy Fain and Pierre Norman Connor". dbopm. Retrieved 2017-05-20.