Continuing our celebration o' the day, we have this song, "Dear Old Dad," from the 1961 off-Broadway musical, Smiling, the Boy Fell Dead, a spoof of Horatio Alger-type stories, with music by David Baker, and lyrics by none other than Sheldon Harnick, his first stage show, three years before he teamed up with Jerry Bock for Fiddler on the Roof. And oddly, two years after he and Bock won the Tony and Pulitzer for Fiddler on the Roof. (This off-Broadway show had been written earlier, but took a few years to get produced.)
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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