Kay Swift

Born Kay Faulkner Swift in New York City (April 19, 1897), she was a composer, lyricist and writer for Broadway, whose small but impressive catalogue of work is often overshadowed by her close association with the composer George Gershwin.

After studying at Juilliard, Swift became an accomplished pianist and often performed on the concert platform, before making her breakthrough on Broadway in 1929 with the song ‘Can’t We Be Friends?’, which was introduced by Libby Holman in the hit revue The Little Show. The sophisticated sombre lyric to what is essentially a spirited, jaunty tune, was written by Paul James, a nom de plume for Swift’s first husband, banker James P. Warburg. The duo repeated their success in the following year with the score for the musical Fine And Dandy, which included ‘Let’s Go Eat Worms In The Garden’, ‘Jog Hop’, the appealing title number, and Swift’s...

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Albums featuring Kay Swift

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