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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Danbury, Connecticut, USA  (complications from a fall)
Birth NameJack Lawrence Schwartz

Trivia (7)

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.
Lawrence's wrote the song "Linda," for his lawyer's young daughter, Linda Eastman, who would later marry Paul McCartney.

Wrote the lyrics for "Beyond the Sea".
Michael Feinstein, a friend, wrote the foreword to Lawrence's 2004 memoir "They All Sang My Songs".
He went to podiatry school to please his parents. He graduated the same year that his first published song became a hit -- "Play, Fiddle, Play".
During WWII, he served in the Coast Guard and the merchant marine.
After the war, he went to Hollywood and became a successful songwriter. He wrote the lyrics for "All or Nothing at All", "Tenderly", and "Hold My Hand".
One day in the late 1930s, he was sitting on a park bench in New York, and overheard a nearby couple arguing. The girl said, "You don't care about me", and the boy responded, "If I didn't care...", then gave her a list of reasons to trust him. Lawrence was inspired to write the words and music for "If I Didn't Care", which became the first hit song for the The Ink Spots.

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