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August 28, 2012

Richard Adler, Tony-Winning Songwriter and Composer

In addition to writing songs for musicals such as Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, Adler contributed songs to numerous film and television productions.

Richard Adler, a composer and songwriter who won Tony Awards for the musicals Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, died June 21, 2012, in Southampton, New York. He was 90.

In addition to his work for stage film and television, Adler organized political events, including the birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy where Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy BIrthday" to him.

Adler was born August 3, 1921, New York City. His father, Clarence Adler, was a renowned concert pianist.

Following service in the U.S. Navy Adler began writing songs with Jerry Ross. The two partners shared credits on both the lyrics and music.

When Ross died of a lung ailment at age 29, Adler continued on his own, and with different collaborators.

Adler's music appeared in numerous television movies, specials and series, including Damn Yankees, Little Women, Presiden Kennedy’s Birthday Salute, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Make Room for Daddy, You Bet Your Life, All in the Family, Good Times, Cheers and The Muppet Show.

Details of his life are available at:


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