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A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter
(Book). Composer, lyricist and driving force behind such songs and stage productions as "Heart and Soul," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser left an indelible mark on American music. In this rich and revealing biography, his daughter profiles this prolific musical mastermind, piecing together her own memories with those of sin ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
(first published June 30th 1993)
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A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter by Susan Loesser (Donald I. Fine Inc. 1998) (780.92) is the story of a remarkable lyricist and songwriter who is personally responsible for the creation of some of my favorite music from Broadway. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1949 for "Baby It's Cold Outside." He won two Tony Awards for the musical "Guys and Dolls," and he wrote the music and lyrics for the show "Hans Christ ...more
This book has a remarkably long title, for a remarkably meh sort of book. Susan Loesser isn't a bad writer, but she's not really all that good either. Methinks she was cashing in on the successful 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls. What I came away with from the memoir is that Frank Loesser was a remarkable dicksmack - he sounds awful. Still, the book has some behind the stage Broadway gossip, some of which was new at least to me. So it wasn't all bad.
After attending a delightful "musical talk" on Frank Loesser recently, I decided to purchase this book and read it. Susan Loesser, the author and Frank's daughter, was part of the talk, and she had brought along some of her books to inscribe and sell. I found it to be an honest and engaging tribute to her beloved, brilliantly talented and difficult father.
|A great biography of one of the greatest songwriters||1||4||Dec 04, 2008 12:44PM|