Tom Lehrer

Born 9 April 1928
Tom Lehrer
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1928-04-09
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Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer Biography (Wikipedia)

Thomas Andrew Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is a retired American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy, humorous songs that he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. His songs often parodied popular musical forms, though he usually created original melodies when doing so. A notable exception is "The Elements", where he set the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the "Major-General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

Lehrer's early work typically dealt with non-topical subject matter and was noted for its black humor in songs such as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park". In the 1960s, he produced a number of songs that dealt with social and political issues of the day, particularly when he wrote for the U.S. version of the television show That Was the Week That Was. The popularity of these songs has endured their topical subjects and references. Lehrer quoted a friend's explanation: "Always predict the worst and you'll be hailed as a prophet." In the early 1970s, Lehrer largely retired from public performances to devote his time to teaching mathematics and music theater at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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The Elements
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The Elements
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Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
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Poisoning Pigeons In The Park
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The Elements
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The Elements
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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
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Elements
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Elements
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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol
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Oedipus Rex
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Oedipus Rex
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We Will All Go Together When We Go
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We Will All Go Together When We Go
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The Masochism Tango
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The Masochism Tango
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Element Song
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Element Song
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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol
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Hanukkah In Santa Monica
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Hanukkah In Santa Monica
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THE ELEMENTS
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THE ELEMENTS

THE ELEMENTS

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The Old Dope Peddler
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The Old Dope Peddler
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The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz
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The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz
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The Elements
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The Elements
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The Vatican Rag
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The Vatican Rag
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Oedipus Rex
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Oedipus Rex
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The Irish Ballad
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The Irish Ballad
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The Wild West
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The Wild West
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