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Passings: Songwriter Diane Lampert (1924 - 2013)

Songwriter Diane Lampert passed away on Friday from heart failure in a Manhattan hospital at the age of 88.

While Lampert wrote for numerous movies throughout her career, she also had her hand in a number of pop songs including the rockabilly number Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on the Tree) which was a minor hit for Eddie Fontaine in 1958 and a number 10 country hit for Billy "Crash" Craddock. It was also performed by the Beatles but not released until 1994 on the album Live at the BBC.

Her biggest hit was Break it To Me Gently, which she wrote with Joe Seneca. The song was a hit twice, in 1962 for Brenda Lee (#4 Pop) and in 1982 for Juice Newton (#11 Pop/#2 Country).

Among the films for which she wrote title songs are The Snow Queen, I'll Take Sweden, Billie and Silent Running for which she received an Academy Award nomination with with composer Peter Schickele.

Lampert is survived by her husband, Fred Stuart, to whom she has been married for 45 years.

Other songs written by Diane Lampert:

  • Your Name is Beautiful (Carl Smith / 1958/#6 Country/#80 Pop)
  • Can't Wait For Summer (Steve Lawrence / 1967/#42 Pop)
  • Blue Ribbon Baby (Tommy Sands / 1958/#50 Pop)
  • Let's Go Calypso (Rusty Draper / 1957/#53 Pop)
  • The Olive Tree (Judith Durham / 1967/#33 U.K.)