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:
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