Lew Brown, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”

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Today is the birthday of the great Tin Pan Alley lyricist Lew Brown (1893-1958), most famous as one third of the team of Henderson/ Brown/ DeSylva. Now here’s a 1926 recording of one of their most popular songs “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin. It shows off Brown’s playful lyrical abilities to great effect:

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. 

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And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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One Response to “Lew Brown, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue””

  1. My grandmother, who was born in 1900, loved that 20’s song because she really was “five foot two, eyes of blue.” Wish a song team like that still existed and could write one for me about being “five foot one, eyes of green!”

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