Frederick Loewe

Music

Frederick Loewe, a classically trained musician, wrote the scores for some of America’s most memorable musicals, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, and Gigi. Among his most famous songs with lyricist-partner Alan Jay Lerner are “Almost Like Being in Love,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls.” A musical prodigy, Loewe was born in Berlin in 1901 and, at 13, was the youngest piano soloist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. His popular song “Katrina,” written when he was 15, sold more than a million copies across Europe. Struggling to find work on Broadway after arriving in the U.S. in 1924, Loewe worked at such odd jobs as cow punching, boxing and accompanying silent films on the piano. He wrote with several other lyricists until approaching Lerner at New York’s Lambs Club in 1942 about collaborating on a show— thus beginning one of Broadway’s most extraordinary partnerships. The recipient of multiple Tony and Academy awards, Loewe died in Palm Springs in 1988.