Sylvia Dee

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Sylvia Dee (born Josephine Moore Proffitt, October 22, 1914 – June 12, 1967) was an American lyricist and novelist best known for writing the lyrics to "Too Young", a hit for Nat King Cole, "The End of the World", a hit for Skeeter Davis and "Bring Me Sunshine". She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and educated at the University of Michigan. She was a copywriter for a newspaper in Rochester, New York, and wrote a number of short stories as well as the Broadway stage scores for "Barefoot Boy With Cheek". Joining ASCAP in 1943, her musical collaborators included Sidney Lippman, Arthur Kent, Elizabeth Evelyn Moore, George Goehring, Al Frisch and Guy Wood. [1]

Dee wrote the words to a nonsense song that went to number 1 in 1945 called "Chickery Chick". [2] The music was written by Sidney Lippman and it was played by Sammy Kaye's orchestra. Its nonsense lyrics included "Chickery chick, cha-la, cha-la". She co-wrote "I Taught Him Everything He Knows" with Arthur Kent, recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1968 Capitol release Misty Blue. She co-wrote "Look for Me (I'll Be Around)" with Guy Wood, which was recorded by Sarah Vaughan on "The Benny Carter Sessions" [3] and Neko Case on "Blacklisted". She also wrote songs for Elvis Presley in the films Blue Hawaii and Speedway. Popular-song compositions also include "It Couldn't Be True", "Stardreams", "I'm Thrilled", "Have You Changed", "After Graduation Day", "Laroo Laroo Lili Bolero", "Angel Lips, Angel Eyes", "Pushcart Serenade", "A House With Love In It", "Moonlight Swim", "That's the Chance You Take", "Somebody Nobody Wants", and "Please Don't Talk to the Lifeguard". [4]

At the time of her death in New York City, she was the wife of Dr. Jere Faison, a New York gynecologist.[5]


  1. ^ "Sylvia Dee - Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  2. ^ "Top songs from music charts 1945". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  3. ^ "Sarah Vaughan - The Benny Carter Sessions". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  4. ^ "Sylvia Dee - Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  5. ^ "Sylvia Dee - Biography". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  • Virginia L. Grattan: American Women Songwriters: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press, 1993, ISBN 9780313285103, p. 10
  • David A. Jason: Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. Routledge, 2003, p. 259