Jack Lawrence

About Jack Lawrence

Jack Lawrence contributed lyrics (and occasionally music) to several of the most sensitive ballad standards of the 1940s, including "If I Didn't Care," "Tenderly," "All or Nothing at All," and "Beyond the Sea." Born in Brooklyn in 1912, he gained his first success at the age of 20 with "Play, Fiddle, Play." Though few hits were forthcoming, he continued composing and moved to Hollywood in the late '30s to work on Westerns and musicals for Republic Pictures. After the Ink Spots took his "If I Didn't Care" to the hit parade, he assumed far greater leverage with his career. By 1943, "All or Nothing at All" became his second smash hit (though he'd composed it more than three years earlier) when the Harry James Orchestra with Frank Sinatra took it to the top of the charts. That same year, Lawrence wrote another standard, "Tenderly," though it didn't become popular until the mid-'50s. Lawrence, also known for his strong vocal talent, performed on many radio shows. ~ John Bush

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