born on 10/12/1893 in Odessa, Ukraine
died on 5/2/1958 in New York City, NY, United States
Lew Brown (December 10, 1893 February 5, 1958) was a lyricist for popular songs in the United States.
Brown was born as Louis Brownstein in Odessa, Russian Empire. His family emigrated to the United States in 1898 and settled in The Bronx of New York City.
Brown wrote lyrics for many of the top Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the day, including Albert Von Tilzer, Con Conrad, and Harold Arlen. He was one third of a successful songwriting and music publishing team with Ray Henderson and Buddy De Sylva from 1925 until 1929. Brown also wrote or co-wrote several Broadway shows.
Lew Brown died in New York City.
Work on Broadway
- George White's Scandals of 1925 (1925) - revue - co-lyricist
- George White's Scandals of 1926 (1926) - revue - co-lyricist
- Good News (1927) - musical - co-lyricist
- Manhattan Mary (1927) - musical - contributing composer, lyricist, and bookwriter
- George White's Scandals of 1928 (1928) - revue - co-lyricist
- Hold Everything! (1928) - musical - co-lyricist
- Follow Thru (1929) - musical - co-lyricist
- Flying High (1930) - musical - co-lyricist
- George White's Scandals of 1931 (1931) - revue - lyricist
- Hot-Cha! (1932) - Musical theater - lyricist and co-bookwriter
- Strike Me Pink (1933) - revue - co-producer, lyricist, writer, and production supervisor
- Calling All Stars (1934) - revue - producer, writer, lyricist, director, and production supervisor
- Yokel Boy (1939) - musical - producer, director, bookwriter, co-composer, co-lyricist
- Crazy With the Heat (1941) - revue - director
- Mr. Wonderful (1956) - musical - featured songwriter for "Birth of the Blues"
- Good News (1974 revision/revival) - co-composer, co-lyricist
- Big Deal (1986) - musical - featured co-songwriter for "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" and "Button Up Your Overcoat"
- Fosse (1999) - revue - featured co-songwriter for "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries"
- Swing! (1999) - revue - featured songwriter for "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"