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 comment

  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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