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Charles Strouse 80th Birthday
Posted: June 16th, 2008
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Charles Strouse’s music has attracted top recording artists from the last half century with covers of his songs recorded by such diverse pop artists as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr., Bobby Rydell, Jay Z, Vic Damone, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Grace Jones and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.

Strouse has written the score to over 30 stage musicals, 14 scores for Broadway, four Hollywood films, two orchesteral works, and an opera. He’s produced such hit songs as “Put on a Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” and the fan anthem “We Love You Conrad.” He has been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a three-time Tony Award winner, two time Emmy Award winner, and his cast recordings have earned him two Grammy awards. His song “Those Were The Days” launched over 200 episodes of All in the Family and continues to reach new generations of television audiences in syndication. With hundreds of productions liscensed annually, his musicals Annie and Bye Bye Birdie are among the most popular musicals of all time produced by regional, amateur, and school groups all over the world.

The Paley Center for Media celebrates Strouse’s 80th birthday and the publishing of his book, Put on a Happy Face, in this special conversation with Strouse himself.

  • Katharine Peake

    Thank you for letting me see Charles Strouse in person. He is a genius. Please tell him.

  • marilyn rubin

    ON NOV. 15, 2008 I HAD THE PLEASURE OF LISTENING TO CHARLES STROUSE’S BEAUTIFUL AND FAMOUS MUSIC HE HAS WRITTEN THROUGH THE YEARS. HIS SONGS & MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER.
    IT WAS A TREAT TO MEET HIM AT THE JCC.

  • Jessica

    Charles Strouse is also interviewed in the documentary, “LIfe After Tomorrow”. It’s an interesting behind-the-scenes film and it includes interviews with former Annies like Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, and over 40 other Annie orphans, and of course, Mr. Strouse himself!

    You can watch the full film here, if you’re interested:

  • Diarmuid Harrington

    Many more birthdays to you Joseph Strouse.Life goes on with your songs carved in the DNA of The USA.
    Sincerely,
    Diarmuid Harrington

  • Kathleen

    Mr. Strouse, I had the opportunity to hear you speak several years ago at the Smithsonian. When you asked for questions, I was too much in awe to say anything. However, I continue to be amazed by the number of songs and shows with which you have worked. Bravo, and please continue to inspire us in 2010!

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