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Composer, Lyricist Richard Adler Dies at 90 in NY

Friday, June 22, 2012

Composer and lyricist Richard Adler, who won Tony Awards for co-writing the songs for such hit musicals as "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees," has died. He was 90.

His family says he died Thursday at his home in Southampton, N.Y.

Some of Adler's biggest songs are "You Gotta Have Heart," "Hey, There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Whatever Lola Wants," "Steam Heat," "Rags to Riches" and "Everybody Loves a Lover."

Adler staged and produced several shows for U.S. presidents, including the unforgettable birthday celebration for President John F. Kennedy featuring Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday."

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