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Robert Sour

Lyricist Robert Sour’s popularity rests almost solely using one melody, but just what a melody: the perennial “Body and Spirit.” He composed the traditional ballad with fellow lyricists Edward Heyman and Frank Eyton in tandem with composer Johnny Green. Originally authored for Gertrude Lawrence, who popularized the tune while touring in Britain, “Body and Spirit” was after that put into the 1930 Broadway smash Three’s a Audience, where it had been among the highlighted songs of superstar Libby Holman. Although tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins’ 1939 reading continues to be among the pivotal jazz recordings from the 20th hundred years, “Body and Spirit” continues to be performed by performers of most musical backgrounds and continues to be a standard even today.

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