I profiled the songwriting team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick "Fritz" Loewe back in 2015 and said this at the time:
Alan Jay Lerner (librettist) and Frederick “Fritz” Loewe (composer) wrote ten musicals together, but those shows contained some of the most memorable songs of all time. They met at the Lambs Club in 1942; Loewe was on his way to the restroom, saw Lerner, and asked him if he wrote lyrics, which Lerner confirmed. Lerner was definitely the more dominant member of the team, often rejecting Loewe’s music even though it was perfect, believing that Loewe could do better. Nevertheless, the two men considered each other the best of friends.
Here are five songs by Lerner and Loewe for your listening enjoyment.
- Lee Marvin, "Wand’rin’ Star" – from Paint Your Wagon
- Frank Sinatra, "Almost Like Being In Love" – from Brigadoon
- Stanley Holloway, "With A Little Bit Of Luck" – from My Fair Lady
- Leslie Caron, "The Night They Invented Champagne" – from Gigi
- Richard Harris, "I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight" – from Camelot
Lerner & Loewe, your Five For Friday, November 25, 2022.