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Harold Rome lyrics
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c***@gmail.com
2016-12-13 22:56:04 UTC
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A friend of mine who is in her 90's was telling me about meeting my mother-in-law in the early 40's and how they sang the Harold Rome song "Solid, Solid, Suzabelle" together. Does anyone know a source where I might find the lyrics to that song? I would love to send them to her as a present.
David Samuel Barr
2016-12-19 07:52:35 UTC
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That isn't going to be easy. The song was written
for the "Lunchtime Follies", a series of revues
presented in defense factories during World War II
to boost the morale of the workers during the
wartime effort; it's most likely that your friend
and your mother-in-law were in the cast of one such
presentation. The material was fairly topical and
so also somewhat ephemeral, so most of it wasn't
published or recorded commercially as mainstream
popular songs were, therefore you can't just Google
it or find old sheet music or 78s on eBay today.
Nonetheless, seven of Harold Rome's songs for the
Follies did get published at the time but the song
in question is not one of them (copies are held by
The British Library in London and the New York
Public Library Research Collection). The shows
were presented by the American Theatre Wing and
it's likely that they have their own archives of
whatever other materials may have been preserved
at the time and might have a lyric sheet for this
song, so you may wish to contact them.

[Complicating matters slightly is that while the
song is uniformly attributed to Harold Rome in
bios of him and books & journals which discuss the
Follies, there is no mention of it in the song
index of the Harold Rome papers collection held at
Yale University, and the 1942 Library of Congress
copyright entry for the song (which states it is
unpublished) credits the music to George Kleinsinger
(best known for his music to Paul Tripp's "Tubby the
Tuba") and the lyrics to Joe Darion & Al Fogel,
which ASCAP's listing follows. The likelihood that
there were two songs with this same unusual title
written at about the same time by different
creators is infinitesimal, so this could just be
a matter of misattribution to one of the parties.]
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A friend of mine who is in her 90's was telling me about meeting my
mother-in-law in the early 40's and how they sang the Harold Rome
song "Solid, Solid, Suzabelle" together. Does anyone know a source
where I might find the lyrics to that song? I would love to send them
to her as a present.
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