Edward Heyman

Edward Heyman (March 14, 1907 – October 16, 1981) was an American lyricist and producer, best known for his lyrics to "Body and Soul," "When I Fall in Love," and "For Sentimental Reasons." He also contributed to a number of songs for films.

Edward Heyman
Background information
Birth nameEdward Heyman
BornMarch 14, 1907
OriginNew York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 16, 1981 (aged 74)
Jalisco, Mexico


Heyman studied at the University of Michigan where he had an early start on his career writing college musicals. After graduating from college Heyman moved back to New York City where he started working with a number of experienced musicians like Victor Young ("When I Fall in Love"), Dana Suesse, ("You Oughta Be in Pictures") and Johnny Green ("Body and Soul," "Out of Nowhere," "I Cover the Waterfront," and "Easy Come, Easy Go").

From 1935 to 1952, Heyman contributed songs to film scores including Sweet Surrender, That Girl From Paris, Curly Top, Kissing Bandit, Delightfully Dangerous and Northwest Outpost.

Arguably Heyman's biggest hit is his lyric to "Body and Soul," written in 1930, which was often recorded (notably in 1939 by Coleman Hawkins and by many others), which frequently crops up in films, most recently in 2002's Catch Me If You Can. Heyman also wrote "Through the Years," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Blame It on My Youth" (with Oscar Levant), "Love Letters," "Blue Star" (theme of the television series Medic), "The Wonder of You," "Boo-Hoo," "Bluebird of Happiness," and "You're Mine, You!"

Heyman was an ASCAP writer inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.

See also

Songs with lyrics by Edward Heyman

External links

Anything Goes (1936 film)

Anything Goes is a 1936 American musical film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Charles Ruggles and Ida Lupino. Based on the stage musical Anything Goes by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse, the stage version contains songs by Cole Porter. The film is about a young man who falls in love with a beautiful woman whom he follows onto a luxury liner, where he discovers she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law. The film required revisions of Porter's saucy lyrics to pass Production Code censors. Only four of his songs remained: "Anything Goes", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "There'll Always Be a Lady Fair", and "You're the Top". "You're the Top" contained substantially revised lyrics, and only the first verse (sung by Ethel Merman during the opening credits) was retained from the song "Anything Goes".

Bing Crosby's influence was used to gut most of Porter's score and obtain four new songs from several new songwriters, Richard A. Whiting, Hoagy Carmichael, Leo Robin, Edward Heyman, and Friedrich Hollander, but other than "Moonburn", written by Hoagy Carmichael and Edward Heyman, which temporarily became a hit for Crosby, it is usually agreed that most of the replacement score was forgettable. Some, including movie musical expert John Springer, have criticized Paramount for substituting new songs by other composers for the originals. (This was a common policy in Hollywood during the 1930s, when film studios owned music publishing houses and hoped that songs written especially for films would guarantee extra profits for the studio.)

When Paramount sold the 1936 film to television, they retitled the movie Tops is the Limit because the 1956 film version, also from Paramount, was currently in theaters.

Autumn in New York (Jo Stafford album)

Autumn in New York is a 1950 album by Jo Stafford, re-released in 1955 with extra tracks, and again in 1997. With Paul Weston And His Orchestra. The album was re-released in 1997 on CD along with 1953's Starring Jo Stafford on the EMI label.

Blame It on My Youth

"Blame It on My Youth" is a jazz standard written by Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman in 1934.

Blue Star (song)

"Blue Star" is a popular song.

The theme music of the television series, Medic, was written by Victor Young and copyright on February 17, 1955 under the title "The Medic Theme." A set of lyrics were written by Edward Heyman (who had a history of collaborating with Young) and with those lyrics and under the new title "Blue Star," a new copyright was issued on May 5, 1955.

Bluebird of Happiness (song)

"Bluebird of Happiness" is a song composed in 1934 by Sandor Harmati, with words by Edward Heyman and additional lyrics by Harry Parr-Davies.

Harmati wrote the song for his friend, the tenor Jan Peerce, the leading singer at Radio City Music Hall. Peerce recorded it three times: in 1936, under the name Paul Robinson, with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra conducted by Ernö Rapée; on 7 June 1945, under his own name, with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvan Levin; and in 1958 (the Las Vegas version) with Joe Reisman and his Orchestra. Each version included slight variations in the spoken recitative, which was accompanied by Boldi's "Chanson Bohemienne", rather than Harmati's music.

The 1945 recording became a worldwide hit for Peerce, outselling all his many operatic recordings, and becoming second only to Enrico Caruso's 1918 recording of George M. Cohan's "Over There" among the best-selling RCA Victor records made by opera and concert singers. The 1958 version was the one Peerce used in later live performances.

There was also a popular 1948 record by Art Mooney and his Orchestra. Other singers have covered the song, but it remains Jan Peerce's signature tune and is firmly associated with him.

Body and Soul (1930 song)

"Body and Soul" is a popular song and jazz standard written in 1930 with lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton; and music by Johnny Green.

Delightfully Dangerous

Delightfully Dangerous is a 1945 American musical film directed by Arthur Lubin showcasing teenage singer Jane Powell—in her second film on loan out to United Artists from MGM—and orchestra leader Morton Gould. The working titles of this film were Cinderella Goes to War, Reaching for the Stars and High Among the Stars. It was Frank Tashlin's first writing credit on a live action feature film.

For Sentimental Reasons (1936 song)

"For Sentimental Reasons" is a song by Abner Silver, Al Sherman and Edward Heyman and was first released on October 18, 1936. It was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra featuring a vocal by Jack Leonard, and well as by Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra.

Frank Eyton

Frank Eyton (30 August 1894 – 11 November 1962) was an English popular music lyricist best known for co-writing the lyrics of Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" (1930) with Edward Heyman and Robert Sour.Most of Eyton's work was collaborations with Noel Gay and Billy Mayerl in London-based musical theatre. With Mayerl as composer, Eyton co-wrote with Desmond Carter the lyrics for the celebrated sequence "Side by Side" from Over She Goes (filmed 1938). His most successful play was the 1948 musical farce, Bob's Your Uncle, written in collaboration with Gay.Eyton wrote the music for the 1942 film Let the People Sing. He was also one of the soundtrack writers of Body and Soul, a successful boxing film from 1947.


Heyman is the surname of:

Alan Heyman (1931–2014), South Korean musicologist and composer

Art Heyman (1941–2012), American basketball player

David Heyman, British film producer

Edward Heyman (1907–1981), American musician and lyricist

Joel Heyman, voice actor

John Heyman, British film producer

Jon Heyman, American baseball writer

Josiah Heyman, American anthropologist

Kathryn Heyman, Australian writer

Norma Heyman, British film producer

Paul Heyman (born 1965), professional wrestling manager

Preston Heyman, drummer

Richard A. Heyman (c. 1935–1994), American politician

Richard X. Heyman, musician

Samuel J. Heyman

I Cover the Waterfront (song)

"I Cover the Waterfront" is a 1933 popular song and jazz standard composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman. The song was inspired by Max Miller's 1932 best-selling novel I Cover the Waterfront.

I Wanna Be Loved

"I Wanna Be Loved" (from the 1933 version of the 1931 revue Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt) is a popular song with music by Johnny Green and lyrics by Edward Heyman and Billy Rose, published in 1933.

The song is a standard, with many recorded versions.

Billy Eckstine - Passing Strangers

The song was included in the 1934 Vitaphone short "Mirrors" featuring Fred Rich and his Orchestra. It was sung by Vera Van in a scene where she dresses in an evening gown.

The song was recorded by The Andrews Sisters in 1950.

The song was recorded by Russell Garcia (on his 1958 album The Johnny Ever Greens), starring Sue Allen on vocal.

I Wanna Be Loved was the title track of an album by Dinah Washington with Quincy Jones and His Orchestra in 1962.

Grant Green plays on the song on his 1963 album Am I Blue.

George Maharis covered the song on his 1963 album Just Turn Me Loose!.

Mina covered the song on her 1969 album Mina for You.

Jex Saarelaht and Kate Ceberano recorded it on their album Open the Door - Live at Mietta's (1992).

Maria Muldaur performs the song on her 1999 album Meet Me Where They Play the Blues.

In 2009 Mark Isham & Kate Ceberano recorded a version for their Bittersweet album.

Kirby Lauryen performs a cover in the background of the club scene in Season 2, Episode 2 "A View in the Dark" of Marvel's Agent Carter.

Love Letters (song)

"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with lyrics by Edward Heyman and music by Victor Young. The song appeared, without lyrics, in the movie of the same name, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1945 but lost out to “It Might as Well Be Spring”.


"Moonburn" is a 1935 American popular song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Edward Heyman. It was the first song written by Hoagy Carmichael for films and it was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film Anything Goes. A definitive jazz recording of the song was made by Crosby for Decca Records on November 13, 1935 with Georgie Stoll's Instrumental Trio featuring Bobby Sherwood on guitar and Joe Sullivan on piano.Other recordings were made by Chick Bullock, Joe Morrison and his Orchestra, for Brunswick Records (catalog 7588),, Hal Kemp and his Orchestra for Brunswick Records (catalog 7589), Little Jack Little for Columbia Records (catalog No. 3107D). the Casa Loma Orchestra, and Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra,.

Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green song)

"Out of Nowhere" is a popular song composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman. It was the first recording by Bing Crosby under his Brunswick Records contract. He recorded it on March 30, 1931 and it became his first number one hit as a solo artist. Crosby also sang it in the film Confessions of a Co-Ed (1931) and in his short film I Surrender Dear (1931). He recorded it again in 1954 for his album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Other 1931 recordings were by Leo Reisman and his Orchestra (vocal by Frank Munn) which reached No. 6 in the charts of the day, Smith Ballew and his Orchestra, Ruth Etting, and Roy Fox and His band (vocal: Al Bowlly) recorded July 31, 1931. (Al Bowlly Discography).

The song's harmonic progression has been used in several later songs, such as Alexander Courage's "Theme from Star Trek", Tadd Dameron's "Casbah", Fats Navarro's "Nostalgia" Gigi Gryce's "Sans Souci" and Lennie Tristano's "317 East 32nd Street."It has become a jazz standard, with dozens of instrumental and vocal versions by various artists.

Robert Sour

Robert Sour (1905–1985) was a lyricist and composer, and the president of Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).

In 1940 Sour worked for Broadcast Music as its lyrics editor, and by 1966 had risen through company ranks to become BMI's president. Two years later he had become the company's vice chairman and was instrumental in establishing BMI's musical theater workshop. He retired in 1970.

Working with lyricists Edward Heyman and Frank Eyton and composer Johnny Green, Sour wrote the lyrics to the ballad "Body and Soul". In partnership with Una Mae Carlisle (1915–1956), he also composed lyrics for the song "Walkin' by the River", which became a radio hit as sung by Syliva Froos (1927–2004) in 1941. Ella Fitzgerald recorded "Walkin' by the River" for Decca Records, with Leroy Kirkland directing the orchestra. Benny Carter also recorded "Walkin", with Carlisle on vocals. Sour composed music and lyrics for both film and theater; along with Henry Katzman, he wrote the soundtrack sections "Twitterpated" and "Thumper's Song" for the Walt Disney Productions animated feature Bambi.

Vincent Youmans

Vincent Millie Youmans (September 27, 1898 – April 5, 1946) was an American Broadway composer and producer.A leading Broadway composer of his day, Youmans collaborated with virtually all the greatest lyricists on Broadway: Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Caesar, Anne Caldwell, Leo Robin, Howard Dietz, Clifford Grey, Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu, Edward Heyman, Harold Adamson, Buddy De Sylva and Gus Kahn. Youmans' early songs are remarkable for their economy of melodic material: two-, three- or four-note phrases are constantly repeated and varied by subtle harmonic or rhythmic changes. In later years, however, apparently influenced by Jerome Kern, he turned to longer musical sentences and more free-flowing melodic lines. Youmans published fewer than 100 songs, but 18 of these were considered standards by ASCAP, a remarkably high percentage.

When I Fall in Love

"When I Fall in Love" is a popular song, written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in the film One Minute to Zero. Jeri Southern sang on the first recording released in April 1952 with the song's composer, Victor Young, handling the arranging and conducting duties. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the first hit version was sung by Doris Day released in July 1952.

Day's recording was made on June 5, 1952. It was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39786 and issued with the flip side "Take Me in Your Arms". The song reached number 20 on the Billboard chart.A 1996 cover by Natalie Cole, a "duet" with her father Nat King Cole by way of vocals from his 1956 cover, won 1996 Grammys for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocal(s).

You Oughta Be in Pictures

"You Oughta Be in Pictures" is a 1934 song composed by the American songwriting team Dana Suesse and Edward Heyman. It was recorded two weeks later by Rudy Vallée for RCA Records and rapidly became the unofficial anthem of the American film industry. The song has been covered by numerous other singers, and is often used on the soundtrack of later productions set during the 1930s.

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