Sylvia Dee (born Josephine Moore Proffitt, October 22, 1914 – June 12, 1967) was an American lyricist and novelist best known for writing the lyrics to "Too Young", a hit for Nat King Cole, "The End of the World", a hit for Skeeter Davis and "Bring Me Sunshine". She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and educated at the University of Michigan. She was a copywriter for a newspaper in Rochester, New York, and wrote a number of short stories as well as the Broadway stage scores for "Barefoot Boy With Cheek". Joining ASCAP in 1943, her musical collaborators included Sidney Lippman, Arthur Kent, Elizabeth Evelyn Moore, George Goehring, Al Frisch and Guy Wood.
Dee wrote the words to a nonsense song that went to number 1 in 1945 called "Chickery Chick". The music was written by Sidney Lippman and it was played by Sammy Kaye's orchestra. Its nonsense lyrics included "Chickery chick, cha-la, cha-la". She co-wrote "I Taught Him Everything He Knows" with Arthur Kent, recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1968 Capitol release Misty Blue. She co-wrote "Look for Me (I'll Be Around)" with Guy Wood, which was recorded by Sarah Vaughan on "The Benny Carter Sessions" and Neko Case on "Blacklisted". She also wrote songs for Elvis Presley in the films Blue Hawaii and Speedway. Popular-song compositions also include "It Couldn't Be True", "Stardreams", "I'm Thrilled", "Have You Changed", "After Graduation Day", "Laroo Laroo Lili Bolero", "Angel Lips, Angel Eyes", "Pushcart Serenade", "A House With Love In It", "Moonlight Swim", "That's the Chance You Take", "Somebody Nobody Wants", and "Please Don't Talk to the Lifeguard".
At the time of her death in New York City, she was the wife of Dr. Jere Faison, a New York gynecologist.
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Birth and Death Data: Born October 22, 1914 (Little Rock), Died June 12, 1967
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1957
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-061377||10-in.||7/23/1941||Have you Changed?||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-062712||10-in.||2/26/1941||Talking to the wind||Ruth Gaylor ; Teddy Powell Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-062759||10-in.||3/14/1941||Talking to the wind||Barry Wood||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-064943||10-in.||9/29/1941||I'm thrilled||Joe Reichman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-066978||10-in.||7/24/1941||Slowpoke||Dawn Patrol Boys ; Dolly Dawn||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-067626||10-in.||8/11/1941||I'm thrilled||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||MBS-093055||10-in.||before 7/17/1951||Demasiado joven||Fernando Fernández ; Orquesta Luis Arcaraz||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||MBS-093064||10-in.||before 5/29/1951||Too young||Orquesta Luis Arcaraz||Instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||H2TB-7677||10-in.||10/30/1957||Consolation||Leni Barteri ; Marty Gold Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0231||10-in.||4/3/1947||Stardreams (theme song)||Charlie Spivak Orchestra ; Charlie Spivak||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-0656||10-in.||3/17/1947||After graduation day||Sammy Kaye ; Sammy Kaye Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with vocal ensemble and jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||D7VB-2046||10-in.||11/11/1947||Laroo Laroo Lilli bolero||Perry Como ; Russ Case Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dee, Sylvia," accessed March 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110016.
Dee, Sylvia. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110016.
"Dee, Sylvia." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Dee, Sylvia, 1914-1967 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no95017754
Wikidata: Sylvia Dee - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q7660905
MusicBrainz: Sylvia Dee - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/4ce55ba7-d8e5-414a-8cff-30f2a758b4c8
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