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Tom Lehrer
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    (April 9, 1928- )
    Released 'Songs by Tom Lehrer,' 'More Songs by Tom Lehrer' and 'An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer'
    Wrote 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park' and 'The Vatican Rag'
    Songwriter for TV series 'That Was The Week That Was'
    Teaches math at the University of California-Santa Cruz
    He is intellectual, entering Harvard at just fifteen.
    He never married.
    He quit touring in 1960 and quit performing by 1972.
    He claims that he has nothing to inspire him musically anymore (like that stopped Billy Joel).
    He enjoys spreading rumors that he died.
    He wrote a love song about necrophilia.
    He had to choose between performing and academics, and chose academics (and a huge pay cut).
    A rumor spread that he quit performing after Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. He felt that made political satire obsolete. He actually stopped several years before, but liked the story even if it wasn't true.
    His popularity has waned except for Dr. Demento fans.
    He is the reason we have Mark Russell.
    'An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer' is one of the greatest comedy albums.
    Music critics note stylistic links between him and Eminem.
    He went to summer camp with Stephen Sondheim.
    He invented vodka Jell-O while in the army to circumvent the rule prohibiting alcoholic drinks on base.
    He graduated Harvard at eighteen.
    His musical style was very sophisticated, but seemingly effortless.
    His non-political songs have aged very well.
    He wrote songs for 'The Electric Company' TV series.

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