|COMPOSER, SONGWRITER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 4 Apr 1919, New York City, New York - DIED 30 Mar 1981|
GRAVE LOCATION Valhalla, New York: Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue (Section 176, Lot 275, Grave 2)
Sherman Edwards studied history at Columbia University. During his studies he played the piano in music shows and on the radio. After the Second World War he taught history at a high school for a while, but soon he concentrated on a career as a pianist.
He wrote pop songs with others like Hal David, Burt Bacharach and Earl Schuman. For Elvis Presley he wrote "Glaming Star", but he disliked that way Elvis' manager did business and this caused him to stop writing pop songs. He wrote sonfs for many movies, among them " Kid Galahad" (1962), "1776" (1972) and "American Graffiti" (1973). He received a Tony Award in 1973 for a stage version of the musical "1776".
His wife Ingrid was a member of the Ed Sullivan dancers. She appeared on Broadway in "Pins and Needles" and " Kiss Me, Kate".