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Occupation  Writer, librettist
Role  Lyricist
Name  Lee Adams
Period  1955–present

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Born  Lee Richard Adams August 14, 1924 (age 99) Mansfield, Ohio, U.S. (1924-08-14)
Notable works  Bye Bye Birdie Applause
Albums  Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Till It Bleeds, Imitation Electric Piano
Education  Ohio State University, Columbia University
Awards  Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Books  THREE FORKS Family R, A Stranger in Three Forks, The Travel Zapper, High‑performance C Graphics Program, Visualization and virtual reality
Similar People  Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, William Gibson

Music group  Imitation Electric Piano

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Lee Richard Adams (born August 14, 1924) is an American lyricist best known for his musical theatre collaboration with Charles Strouse.


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Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Adams is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Leopold Adams and is a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master's from Columbia University.

Adams won Tony Awards in 1961 for Bye Bye Birdie and in 1970 for Applause and was nominated for a Tony in 1965 for Golden Boy. In addition, he wrote the lyrics for All American, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Bring Back Birdie, and A Broadway Musical, and the book and lyrics for Ain't Broadway Grand. Additionally, Charles Strouse and Adams co-wrote "Those Were the Days", the opening theme to the TV situation comedy All in the Family. Adams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

Adams and his wife have lived in Briarcliff Manor, New York since the early 2000s and has a daughter and granddaughter.

Non-musical writing

In addition to his work with lyrics, Adams "had a lifelong fascination with words," which led to his being an editor for the Sunday newspaper magazine supplement This Week and a member of the staff of Pageant magazine.


  • A Pound in Your Pocket (musical) (1958)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1960)
  • All American (1962)
  • Golden Boy (1964)
  • It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (1966)
  • Applause (1970)
  • I and Albert (1972)
  • Bring Back Birdie (1980)
  • A Broadway Musical (1982), contributed the song Dancing
  • Aint Broadway Grand! (1993)
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's [film] (1968)
  • References

    Lee Adams Wikipedia