Sol Marcus

Sol Marcus (October 1, 1912 – February 5, 1976) was an American songwriter and pianist.

Born in New York, he began working as a songwriter with Bennie Benjamin and Eddie Seiler (1911–1952) in the mid-1930s. He had his first writing successes with "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" (1941), co-written with Benjamin, Seiler, and Eddie Durham, and "When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)" (1942), co-written with Benjamin and Seiler. Later in the 1940s, he had further success with "Till Then" (1945), a hit for the Mills Brothers co-written with Seiler and Guy Wood; and "Ask Anyone Who Knows", written with Seiler and Al Kaufman for The Ink Spots.

He re-established a writing partnership with Bennie Benjamin in the mid-1950s. They wrote "Fabulous Character" for Sarah Vaughan, and "Lonely Man" for Elvis Presley. In 1964, Marcus and Benjamin wrote "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" with Horace Ott, whose songwriting credit was taken by his wife Gloria Caldwell because Ott, as a BMI member, was not permitted to work with ASCAP members such as Marcus and Benjamin. The song was first recorded by Nina Simone, and was later a hit for The Animals, Santa Esmeralda, and Elvis Costello.

Marcus died in 1976 in Linden, New Jersey.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 1st, 1912 (New York City), Died February 5th, 1976 (Linden)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-040688 10-in. 8/28/1939 You're gonna fall and break your heart Carl Lorch Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-047796 10-in. 3/11/1940 I don't want to set the world on fire Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Myra Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-051262 10-in. 6/10/1940 Ashes in the tray Dolores Brown ; Erskine Hawkins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-053209 10-in. 7/15/1940 My pop gave me a nickel Harlan Leonard ; Rockets ; Myra Taylor Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-064807 10-in. 8/25/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Skinnay Ennis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-064975 10-in. 10/10/1941 I don't want to set the world on fire Cats and the Fiddle Male vocal solo, with vocal and instrumental quartet lyricist  
Victor BS-071764 10-in. 2/2/1942 I don't want to set the world on fire Hit Paraders ; Mark Warnow Orchestra ; Barry Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-075421 10-in. 7/8/1942 When the lights go on again (All over the world) Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marcus, Sol," accessed June 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206243.

Marcus, Sol. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206243.

"Marcus, Sol." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/206243

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