Frank Loesser

Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter
Prolific Hollywood wordsmith turned tunesmith who crossed over from Tin Pan Alley to Shubert Alley. As a Hollywood songwriter during the 1930s and 40s, Loesser penned the breezy lyrics for such standards as "The Boys in ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1910 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (113)

Born to Be Blue 2016 (Movie)

("Let's Get Lost") (Song)

I Saw the Light 2016 (Movie)

("(Where Are You) Now That I Need You") (Song)

The Finest Hours 2016 (Movie)

("Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat") (Song)

Glass Chin 2015 (Movie)

("Have I Stayed Away Too Long?") (Song)

Set Fire to the Stars 2015 (Movie)

("Baby, It's Cold Outside") (Song)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015 (Movie)

("I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles") (Song)

While We're Young 2015 (Movie)

("The Inch Worm") (Song)

A Long Way Down 2014 (Movie)

("The Inchworm") (Song)

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

("Luck Be A Lady") (Song)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("I Don't Want To Walk Without You") (Song)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("The Moon of Manakoora") (Song)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("On A Slow Boat To China") (Song)

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

("Heart And Soul") (Song)

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

("A Bushel And A Peck") (Song)

I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 (Movie)

("Bushel And A Peck") (Song)

I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 (Movie)

("Bushel And A Peck") (Song Performer)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Baby It's Cold Outside") (Song)

Shame 2011 (Movie)

"Let's Get Lost" (Song)

127 Hours 2010 (Movie)

("Heart And Soul") (Song)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

("A Bushel And A Peck") (Song)

Whatever Works 2009 (Movie)

("Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year") (Song)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

"Baby It's Cold Outside" (Song)

Reign Over Me 2007 (Movie)

("Hoop-Dee-Doo") (Song)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

("On a Slow Boat to China") (Song)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

("Luck Be A Lady") (Song)

Jackass: Number Two 2006 (Movie)

("Jingle Jangle Jingle") (Song)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

("Heart & Soul") (Song)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Baby, It's Cold Outside") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Hoop-De-Doo") (Song)

Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 (Movie)

("I've Never Been In Love Before") (Song)

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

("Two Sleepy People") (Song)

Steve Wozniak: The Wizard of Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 2001 (Movie)

("Two Sleepy People") (Song)

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

("On a Slow Boat to China") (Song)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

("Jingle, Jangle, Jingle") (Song)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

("Luck Be a Lady") (Song)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

("Moon Over Burma") (Song)

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

("I've Never Been in Love Before") (Song)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

("On a Slow Boat to China") (Song)

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

("Let's Get Lost") (Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

("Standing On the Corner") (Song)

The Faculty 1998 (Movie)

("Guys and Dolls") (Song)

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

("Lucy Be a Lady") (Song)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

("Say It (Over and Over Again)") (Song)

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

("Overture" from "Guys and Dolls") (Song)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

("Luck Be a Lady") (Song)

Rich in Love 1993 (Movie)

("I Hear Music") (Song)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

("Heart and Soul") (Song)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Once in Love with Amy" "On a Slow Boat to China") (Composer)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

("Two Sleepy People") (Song)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

("Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat") (Song)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

("Dolores") (Song)

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 1992 (Movie)

song composer("Say It (Over and Over Again)") (Composer)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

songs("Baby It's Cold Outside" "Heart and Soul") (Song)

An Evening With Maria Ewing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

("On a Slow Boat to China") (Song)

Company Business 1991 (Movie)

("The Boys in the Back Room") (Song)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

("Baby It's Cold Outside") (Song)

Stepping Out 1991 (Movie)

("Heart and Soul") (Song)

The Marrying Man 1991 (Movie)

("'Murder' He Says") (Song)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

("Heart and Body") (Song)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

songs("I've Got You" "Murder He Says") (Song)

Let It Ride 1989 (Movie)

("Fugue For Tinhorns") (Song)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Let's Get Lost") (Song)

Big 1988 (Movie)

("Heart and Soul") (Song)

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Radio Days 1987 (Movie)

songs("I Don't Want to Walk Without You" "They're Either Too Young or Too Old") (Song)

September 1987 (Movie)

("On a Slow Boat to China") (Song)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

("Baby It's Cold Outside") (Song)

Rebel 1986 (Movie)

("Rumble Rumble Rumble") (Song)

Lost in America 1985 (Movie)

("Bubbles in the Wine") (Song)

Summer Rental 1985 (Movie)

("Dolores") (Song)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

songs("Heart and Soul" "The Lady's in Love With You" "Says My Heart") (Song)

Raggedy Man 1981 (Movie)

("The Lady's in Love With You") (Song)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

music and lyrics("Fugue For Tin Horns" "Follow the Fold" "The Oldest Established" "I'll Know" "Pet Me, Poppa" "Guys and Dolls" "Adelaide" "If I Were a Bell" "A Woman in Love" "Take Back Your Mink" "The Crap Game Dance" "Luck Be a Lady" "Sue Me" "Sit Down, (Music)

Money From Home 1953 (Movie)

("Moments Like This") (Song)

Let's Dance 1949 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Priorities on Parade 1941 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Seven Days Leave 1941 (Movie)

songs (Song)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Aloma of the South Seas 1940 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Manpower 1940 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Some Like It Hot 1938 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Zaza 1938 (Movie)

songs (Song)

College Swing 1937 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Thanks For the Memory 1937 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Hurricane 1936 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Vogues of 1938 1936 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)


Beyond the Blue Horizon (Movie)


Hans Christian Andersen (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Happy Go Lucky (Movie)


Heritage of the Desert (Movie)


If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)


Johnny Apollo (Movie)


Johnny Apollo (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Neptune's Daughter (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Roseanna McCoy (Movie)


See Here, Private Hargrove (Movie)


Stolen Heaven (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)


The Forest Rangers (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Quarterback (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Tornado (Movie)


Tortilla Flat (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

Writer (3)

The Most Happy Fella 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967 (Movie)

("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying") (Play as Source Material)

Priorities on Parade 1941 (Movie)

Production Management (1)

Where's Charley? (Movie)

(From Musical by)
Actor (1)

Red, Hot and Blue (Movie)

Hair-do Lempke (Actor)


Prolific Hollywood wordsmith turned tunesmith who crossed over from Tin Pan Alley to Shubert Alley. As a Hollywood songwriter during the 1930s and 40s, Loesser penned the breezy lyrics for such standards as "The Boys in the Backroom" (with composer Frederick Hollander), "Small Fry" and "Two Sleepy People" (with Hoagy Carmichael), "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (with Jule Styne) and "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" (with Arthur Schwartz). On Broadway from the late 1940s through the 60s, he displayed a knack for conveying characters and their vernacular by writing both the clever words and tuneful music for classic shows of Broadway's golden age: the 1948 Ray Bolger vehicle "Where's Charley" (filmed in 1952), the colorful 1950 Damon Runyon gambling fantasy, "Guys and Dolls" (filmed in 1955), and the Pulitzer prize-winning satire "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967).


Julia Loesser


Lynn Garland

married in 1935 divorced in 1957 produced Loesser's musical, "The Most Happy Fella" (1956)

Emily Loesser

mother, Jo Sullivan

Hannah Loesser

mother, Jo Sullivan

Susan Loesser

mother, Lynn Garland

John Loesser

mother, Lynn Garland

Grace Loesser

older born in December 1906

Arthur Loesser

older became the head of the piano division of the Cleveland Institute of Music born in 1894 mother Bertha Ehrlich

Henry Loesser

German-born married to Bertha Ehrlich from 1892 until her death in 1906 married her sister Julia in 1906 died on July 20, 1926

Jo Sullivan

married from April 29, 1958 until his death in 1969 starred as Rosabella/Amy in original production of "The Most Happy Fella" (1956)


dropped out of college during the Depression



Co-wrote first libretto for "The Most Happy Fella" (also wrote music and lyrics)


Formed Frank Music publishing company (date approximate)


Film acting debut, as Hair-Do Lempke, a piano-loving racketeer in "Red, Hot and Blue" (also wrote songs)


Wrote first Broadway score (both words and music) for "Where's Charley?"


Wrote lyrics for song, "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" for Paramount film, "Forest Rangers" (composer Joe Lilley)


Composed music for first time for song, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" after which he enlisted in the Army


Went to Hollywood; wrote first song, "The Moon of Manakoora" (music by Alfred Newman) which Dorothy Lamour sang in "The Hurricane"


Contributed lyrics to Broadway revue, "The Illustrators Show" (music by Irving Actman); show ran only five performances


First hit song, "I Wish I Were Twins" (music by Joseph Meyer and Edgar De Lange)


First published lyric, for pop song "In Love With the Memory of You" (music by William Schuman)

Worked at odd jobs including as a process server, knit-goods editor, political cartoonist for the "Tuckahoe Record", city editor for the "New Rochelle News" and press agent for Tiffany Pictures

Wrote lyrics for special material to music by Irving Actman

Wrote music (as well as lyrics) for "Skirts" for the Air Force Special Services show performed in London during WWII; wrote over 100 songs for Army shows

Took odd jobs to support widowed mother during Depression: put caps on bottles of insecticide; was a spotter for a restaurant chain, checking on food and service and getting free meals

Sang and played piano in nightclubs

Hired as staff lyricist for the Leo Feist song publishing company; fired after a year during which time none of his lyrics was published

Sold special lyrics to vaudevillians

Bonus Trivia


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