"Hers and Hits"
And Then Some
When lyricist Tot Seymour paired up with pianist/composer Vee Lawnhurst, they must have known it was a dream partnership. How else to explain the long stream of hit tunes that poured out of them? Their publishing company, Famous Music, touted them as "the first successful team of girl song writers in popular music history." Individually and together Tot Seymour and Vee Lawnhurst were pioneers in the new medium of radio, and their songs, though perhaps not as well known today, were ubiquitous with the popular music landscape of the 1930's.
Born Grace Mann in New York City, Tot Seymour was already in demand as a very
good lyricist in the 1920's. A staff lyricist at Irving Berlin's publishing Company (Waterson, Berlin and Snyder), she wrote special material for headliners Fannie Brice, Sophie Tucker and Mae West, as well as contributing to many of the Ziegfeld Follies revues. Soon she was collaborating with tunesmiths Sigmund Romberg and J. Fred Coots (with whom she wrote "I Miss a Little Miss"). Other hits included "Swingin' on a Hammock" and "I'm Makin' Hay in the Moonlight (In My Baby's Arms)".
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