"Hers and Hits"
1905 - 1992
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.
Vee Lawnhurst (born Laura Lowenhurz of New York City), had been busy wowing
audiences with her really superb piano playing. As half of a duo with fellow pianist Muriel Pollack, she cut numerous records and piano rolls. Appearances on the nascent form of radio put her squarely on the path of success as a performer, where sometimes she would sing as well. She naturally fell into writing songs, and penned a few early hits "I'm Keepin' Company" (with Lucy Bender Sokole and Dave Dreyer) and the plaintive "I Couldn't Tell Them What to Do" (with Roy Turk).
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