(November 23, 1928-November 3, 2010)
Born in New Haven, Connecticut
Wrote songs for 'Mr. Wonderful' (1956), 'Fiorello!' (1959), 'Tenderloin' (1960), 'She Loves Me' (1963), 'Fiddler on the Roof' (1964), 'The Apple Tree' (1966) and 'The Rothschilds' (1970)
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1972)
Why he might be annoying
He wanted to be a lyricist as well as a composer, but never found success without a partner.
He and his most frequent collaborator, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, broke up over a dispute about who should direct 'The Rothschilds.'
He wrote a musical about the tax code; after a falling-out with his co-author, the show ended up as a non-musical play.
Why he might not be annoying
He was married to Patricia Faggen for 60 years until his death.
In addition to a Tony, he and Harnick won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for 'Fiorello!'
He and Harnick buried the hatchet to write a new song, 'Topsy Turvy,' for the 2007 revival of 'Fiddler.'
He died barely a week after speaking at the funeral of 'Fiddler on the Roof' playwright Joseph Stein.
Credit: C. Fishel
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