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Sam M. Lewis

Samuel M. Lewis

Lyricist, Composer, Vocalist

(1885 - 1959)

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Sam M. Lewis was born and educated in New York City. He got his start in the music profession singing in cafes, eventually turning to writing lyrics for popular songs. He is well known for his hits “Street of Dreams” (1931), “Just Friends” (1931), and “For All We Know” (1934). He frequently collaborated with lyricist Joe Young, producing such well-known songs as “Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” (1918), “In a Little Spanish Town” (1930), “Dinah,” and “I’m Sitting on Top of the World” (1924).

He also wrote English lyrics for Hungarian Rezso Seress’ composition, known as “the suicide song.” As “Gloomy Sunday” it was recorded in 1936 and was banned from the airwaves because of its depressive nature. In 1941 Billie Holiday recorded it in a somwhat revised version.

Samuel Lewis was a charter member of ASCAP and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

- Jeremy Wilson


Street of Dreams

Grant Green



Columbia Years, 1949-1953

Sarah Vaughan Includes "Street of Dreams"



Just Friends

The L.A. Four



Just Friends

Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers



For All We Know

Nina Simone



The Misty Miss Christy

June Christy (Includes "For All We Know")



20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Al Jolson

Al Jolson Includes "Rockabye Your Baby..."



Fred Hersch Trio: Dancing in the Dark

Fred Hersch, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey (Includes "Dinah")



Ralph Sutton Quartet With Ruby Braff, Vol. 4

Ralph Sutton (Includes "Dinah")



Linger Awhile

Paul Whiteman Includes "In a Little Spanish Town"



The Best of the Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition

Les Paul & Mary Ford Includes "I'm Sitting on Top of the World"


Gloomy Sunday

Artie Shaw



49 Original Recordings

Billie Holiday Includes "Gloomy Sunday"



Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy Sunday



Street of Dreams

Stan Kenton
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May Mcavoy, Warner Oland

The Jazz Singer (DVD) 1927 - Al Jolson

DVD Includes "Rockabye Your Baby..."

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