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The Ballad of John LatoucheAn American Lyricist's Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001

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(p.187) 12 Rhapsody
The Ballad of John Latouche

Howard Pollack

Oxford University Press

Latouche’s relationship with publisher Jack Robbins led to a career in the early 1940s as a popular song lyricist. His biggest success in this area during this time was “Day Dream,” with music by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. During this same period, he wrote some songs with composer Walter Donaldson that have only recently emerged. In 1944, he also wrote the lyrics to the operetta Rhapsody, an adaptation with composer Robert Russell Bennett of Fritz Kreisler’s 1932 operetta Sissy. The piece received poor reviews and proved an expensive flop.

Keywords:   Day Dream, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Walter Donaldson, Robert Russell Bennett, Fritz Kreisler, Rhapsody, Broadway operetta

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