- Geoffrey Block
(b New York, August 3, 1921; d Southampton, NY, June 21, 2012). American composer and lyricist. Although the son of the distinguished pianist and pedagogue Charles Adler, he received no musical training and instead studied playwriting with Paul Green at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1943. In 1950, after completing service in the navy (1943–6), he began to compose radio programmes and special material with co-composer and lyricist, Jerry Ross (Jerrold Ross; b Bronx, NY, 9 March 1926; d New York, 11 Nov 1955). By 1953 Adler and Ross had written a popular song hit, Rags to Riches, and contributed songs for the Broadway revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. Over the next two years they composed two critically acclaimed and long-running musicals for Broadway: The Pajama Game(1954), a musicalization of labour relations in a pajama factory, and Damn Yankees (...