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Doldrums

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0005
Doldrums

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It is hard to escape the impression that in early 1921 the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart was very much in the doldrums: on one hand, Hart putting lyrics to Mel Shauer's songs; on the other, Rodgers working with a different lyricist. Clearly inspired by the huge success of the new Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton hit Sally, which had opened at Ziegfeld's New Amsterdam a few days before Christmas 1920, and which featured Marilyn Miller singing “Look For The Silver Lining,” Rodgers concocted a tune to lyrics by Frank Hunter, who had worked with him on Say It with Jazz. He managed to persuade Lew Fields to interpolate it into a new revue called Snapshots of 1921. The song was called “Every Girlie Wants To Be A Sally,” and if neither the song nor the show (it ran six weeks) was a big hit, the venture presented Rodgers with another opportunity for personal advancement.

Keywords: Richard Rodgers; Lorenz Hart; lyrics; songs; Sally; Lew Fields; Frank Hunter; Snapshots

Chapter.  3666 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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