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Jack Lawrence

Lyricist, Composer, Vocalist, Theater Owner, Producer, Podiatrist

(1912 - )

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Jack Lawrence , who was also a singer, wrote lyrics to Frankie Carle’s “Sunrise Serenade” and to Hoagy Carmichael’s “Vagabond Dreams” (1938). The Ink Spots had a huge hit with “If I Didn’t Care,” and “All or Nothing at All” (1938), written with Arthur Altman, was picked up by Harry James and became a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1943. Lawrence supplied lyrics for Clara Edwards’ “With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair,” included on the soundtrack of Love Affair (1939). During WWII he organized service bands to entertain troops, and his “Heave Ho, My Lads, Heave Ho” became the official US Maritime Service song.

In 1945 he collaborated on “Symphony,” five recordings of which reached the top ten. In 1946 he wrote English lyrics for Charles Trenet’s beautiful “La Mer” which became “Beyond the Sea.” The song was recorded several times, almost reverentially, until young singer Bobby Darin got a hold of it. Lawrence himself says, “Darin, by adding an irresistible beat to the song, sent it on its way to stardom.” That same year he added lyrics to a waltz written by Walter Gross that became “Tenderly.” He gave the song to Sarah Vaughan and it became a jazz standard.

”Hold My Hand,” written with Richard Myers, was introduced in the film Susan Slept Here and was nominated for a Best Song Oscar in 1954. Lawrence wrote words and music for “Linda” (1946) and also collaborated on pop hits “Delicado” and “Poor People of Paris.” He scored a Broadway show in 1964 and became a theater owner in the ‘80s, producing Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music and co-producing the play, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. His songs appear on the contemporary film soundtracks of Finding Nemo (2003), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) and The Shawshank Redemption (1984).

- Sandra Burlingame

We Four: The Best of the Ink Spots

Ink Spots Includes "If I Didn't Care"

All or Nothing at All

Frank Sinatra

Beyond the Sea

Kevin Spacey

Verve Jazz Masters 41

Tal Farlow Includes "With the Wind & the Rain in Your Hair"

The Definitive Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan Includes "Tenderly"


Oscar Peterson

Tenderly: An Informal Session

Bill Evans & Don Elliott

All Or Nothing at All

Billie Holiday
Reading and Viewing

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Jack Lawremce

They All Sang My Songs: The Life and Times of Jack Lawrence

Barricade Books

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

DVD - (Includes "If I Didn't Care" by the Inkspots)

Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres

Finding Nemo (2003)

DVD - (Includes "Beyond the Sea" sung by Robbie Williams)

Bette Midler, Woody Allen

Scenes from a Mall (1991)

VHS - (Includes "Tenderly")

Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Sudie Bond, Kathy Bates

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean


Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

RKO Video Group


Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman, Astrid Allwyn

Love Affair

Madacy Records


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