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GUEST,keberoxu Lyr Add: Body and Soul (15) RE: Lyr Add: Body and Soul 08 Dec 19


Mind the Mess is correct --
and why are you not a member at Mudcat? You should join already.

It has been remarked -- by Robert Sour, if I recall right --
that Mr. Eyton got his name on the publishing regardless of the fact that Eyton did none of the work on the lyrics. I think Mr. Sour stated that Eyton worked the promotion end, getting the song circulated and finding a publisher and all.

And did you know that composer Johnny Green, as young as he was, worked closely -- as an accompanist -- with the legendary Gertrude Lawrence, and that he wanted her to have this song?
Ms. Lawrence did, in fact, act on "Body And Soul" -- when the publishing deal came together, she purchased a share in it!
And she was, it is said, the first to sing the song in England. For whatever reason, Ms. Lawrence chose not to record the song, and English singers jumped at the chance to do it themselves; the song became famous in England before it was known in the United States.

There is something star-crossed about "Body and Soul," it has the most tangled web of a history and provenance, and yet its reputation is tremendous.


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