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Brown, Lewlocked

(10 December 1893–05 February 1958)
  • Nicholas E. Tawa

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Brown, Lew (10 December 1893–05 February 1958), popular-song lyricist, was born Louis Brownstein in Odessa, in Ukraine (parents’ names unknown). At the age of five he came to the United States with his family, settling first in New Haven, Connecticut. The family then moved to New York City, where Brown attended DeWitt Clinton High School. At sixteen, Brown worked briefly as a lifeguard at Rockaway Beach, at the same time scribbling out parodies of and original lyrics for popular songs. His first break came when a publisher paid him $7 for “Please Don’t Take My Lovin’ Man Away,” which was first sung by ...

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