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Curtis Reginald Lewis

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Name  Curtis Lewis

Role  Composer
Died  December 31, 1987, Kew Gardens, New York City, New York, United States
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Curtis Reginald Lewis (August 29, 1918 in Fort Worth, Texas – May 23, 1969 in Kew Gardens, New York), American composer of popular songs, many of which have become jazz standards. He grew up in Chicago and came to New York City in the 1940s. Lewis subsequently became one of the first black composers and lyricists to own a music publishing company on Broadway in the early 1950s.


Having served in the United States Army during World War II (from August 22, 1942, discharged as a Staff Sergeant December 2, 1945), the body of Curtis Reginald Lewis was interred at the Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY.

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Selected Compositions

  • "All Night Long"
  • "All Soul"
  • "Blue City"
  • "Fortune Teller, Marion Keene" (1955)
  • "Garden of the Blues Suite, The"
  • "Great City, The"
  • "He Never Mentioned Love"
  • "He’s Gone Again"
  • "Now or Never" — Billie Holiday (music), Curtis R. Lewis (words)
  • "Old Country"
  • "Roaming Lover"
  • "Today I Sing the Blues"
  • "What Would a Woman Do?"
  • "You Oughta Be Mine"
  • Selected Albums

    The Garden of the Blues Shirley Horn sings Curtis Lewis, Steeple Chase Records

    Film & TV

  • Blown Away (1994), (song, All Night Long)
  • References

    Curtis Reginald Lewis Wikipedia

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