Brown, Lew [Brownstein, Louis ]
- Dominic Symonds
[Brownstein, Louis ]
(b Odessa, Ukraine, Dec 10, 1893; d New York, NY, Feb 5, 1958). American lyricist of Ukrainian birth. He came to the United States with his family at age five and began to write lyrics and song parodies as a teenager. In 1912 he began collaborating with Albert Von Tilzer, writing a number of successful songs including “I may be gone for a long, long time” (interpolated in Hitchy-koo, 1917) and “Oh, by jingo” (in Linger Longer Letty, 1919). Brown started to work with composer Ray Henderson in 1922; in 1925 they were joined by Buddy DeSylva and for a short time became the most successful songwriting team on Broadway, writing the hit shows Good News (1927), Hold Everything (1928), Follow Thru (1929), and Flying High (1930). The vogue for politically slanted musicals in the early 1930s meant that their work no longer achieved the same popularity. They worked for a short period in Hollywood with Al Jolson on ...