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Wrote "Dinah" and "For All We Know"


Lyricist Sam M. Lewis was born in New York City on October 25, 1885. He attended New York public schools and began his career singing in cafes throughout the city. Lewis began writing around 1912 and from 1916 into the 1930’s his principal lyrical collaborator was Joe Young.

Lewis contributed to the Broadway musical The Laugh Parade and, beginning in 1922, had songs included in a handful of Hollywood musicals including Squibs Wins the Calcutta Sweep, The Singing Fool, Wolf Song, Spring is Here, Yours Sincerely, Round-up Time in Texas, The Fighting Seabees, The Merry Monahans, The Emperor Waltz and Nightfall.

The Lewis catalog boasts standards such as “Dinah”, “When You’re a Long, Long Way from Home”, “My Mother’s Rosary”, “Come on and Baby Me”, “Baby Blue”, “For All We Know”, “Arrah, Go on, I’m Gonna Go Back to Oregon”, “If I Knock the “L” Out of Kelly”, “Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday on Saturday Night?”, “I’m All Bound “Round With the Mason-Dixon Line”, “Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?”, “Hello, Central, Give Me No Man’s Land”, “Rockabye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody”, “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight”, “How Ya Gonna Keep “Em Down on the Farm?”, “Don’t Cry, Frenchy, Don’t Cry”, “You’re a Million Miles from Nowhere”, “Who Played Poker With Pocahontas When John Smith Went Away?”, “I’d Love to Fall Asleep and Wake Up in My Mammy’s Arms”, “My Mammy”, “Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old “Tucky Home”, “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue”, “I’m Sitting on Top of the World”, “In a Little Spanish Town”, “King…

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Discography Highlights

FOR ALL WE KNOW J. Fred Coots and Sam Lewis
Cromwell Music, Inc./Toy Town Tunes, Inc.

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