Tom Lehrer

Genres: Comedy Spoken Word Television
Descriptive "tags": comedy satire humor piano funny american singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Thomas Andrew Lehrer, 9 April 1928, New York City, New York, USA. Lehrer was a song satirist who also recorded a number of albums during the 50s and 60s. Having graduated from Harvard University, Lehrer then taught mathematics there. Having trained on piano, he began to perform song satires of his own for colleagues at the college. They enjoyed his songs, so Lehrer recorded a dozen of them in 1953 and had 400 copies pressed on a 10-inch album, on his own Lehrer label. An instant success on campus, Lehrer was forced to press more copies to meet the demand. He then began entertaining in clubs and writing songs for television programmes. Before the end of the 50s he had recorded three more albums on his own label and had begun to tour extensively, even gaining a following in Europe. His sense of black humour is encapsulated in the titles ‘Poisoning Pigeons In The Park’, ‘The Old Dope Peddler’ and ‘The Masochism Tango’ - which could be...

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