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Styne, Jule

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1994 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Songwriter

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.