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Styne, Jule (orig. Julius Stein)

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Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1994 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Songwriter

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1905 – He was born Julius Kerwin Stein on the 31st day of December of this year in London, England.

 

1913 - At the age of eight, he moved with his family to Chicago, where at an early age he began taking piano lessons. He proved to be a prodigy and performed with the Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies before he was ten years old.

 

1937 - Styne began writing songs as consolation, and attended Chicago Musical College while organizing several jazz bands during the 1930s. He worked as a vocal coach in New York for several years, then traveled to Hollywood in 1937 to perform a similar function, but soon diversified into composing arrangements for background music.

 

1942 - His first major composition, written with Frederick Loewe, was "I Don't Want to Walk without You," later recorded by Bing Crosby and the Harry James Orchestra. A movie producer introduced him to Sammy Cahn, and the pair's relationship soon began to gel.

 

1947 – He collaborated with Sammy Cahn on his first Broadway stage musical, High Button Shoes, and the showhad a successful run of two and a half years.

 

1949 – He stayed on Broadway and wrote “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” with lyricist Leo Robin. The 1949 production became a large success, featuring Carol Channing in the song that became a staple of her act, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

 

1951 – He collaborated with Betty Comden and Adolph Green began with “Two on the Aisle” in this year, and “Bells Are Ringing” in 1956.

 

1959 - One of his most celebrated works, this year’s Gypsy, was a collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, and brought to the stage "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together, Wherever We Go" and the striptease anthem "Let Me Entertain You."

 

1964 - In this year, he hit upon his greatest production, working with lyricist Bob Merrill on a show based on the life of Fanny Brice. Producer Ray Stark the son-in-law of Brice herself had searched for ten years to find someone to do justice to Brice's incredible legend, and once he found it in Barbra Streisand, “Funny Girl” became a hit.

 

1967 - Styne starts again working with Comden and Green with 1967's Hallelujah, Baby, a difficult attempt to comment upon the history of African-American involvement in show business. After the moderate failures Darling of the Day and Buried Alive, Styne once more began working with old friend Sammy Cahn.

 

1970 – He started 70’s with “look to the Lilies”, “Prettybelle” in 1971, “Sugar” in 1972, and “Lorelei” which is essensially a sequel and revival of “gentleman Prefer Blondes”.

 

1980 – He wrote “One Night Stand” this year.

 

1985 – Two of his recent works are “Pieces of Eight” in this year and “The Red Shoes in 1993.

 

1994 – He passed away on the 20th day September of this year.


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