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Fran Landesman

Lyricist
( b. Oct 21, 1927 Manhattan, New York, USA - d. Jul 23, 2011 London, ENGLAND ) Female
Also known as: Frances Deitsch [Birthname]
Relations: Aunt of Rocco Landesman
Wife of Jay Landesman (1950 - 2011) his death
Born Frances Deitsch, Landesman was raised in Manhattan and attended Temple University.

Her song “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men” — whom she described as “drifting through the town, drinking up the night, trying not to drown” — was recorded by Roberta Flack, Petula Clark, Rickie Lee Jones and, in an instrumental version, the pianist Keith Jarrett. With music by Tommy Wolf, it became a jazz standard.

She ended up marrying Jay Landesman, a publisher.

The Landesmans collaborated on a musical called The Nervous Set on Broadway, where she wrote the lyrics. The show was her sole Broadway credit.

Source: The New York Times




Productions Date of Productions
The Nervous Set
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Lyrics by Fran Landesman
May 12, 1959 - May 30, 1959
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