born on 14/3/1907 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 16/10/1981 in Jalisco, Mexico
Edward Heyman (March 14, 1907October 16, 1981) was an American lyricist and producer, best known for his lyrics to "Body and Soul," "When I Fall in Love," and "For Sentimental Reasons." He also contributed to a number of songs for films.
Heyman studied at the University of Michigan where he had an early start on his career writing college musicals. After graduating from college Heyman moved back to New York City where he started working with a number of experienced musicians like Victor Young ("When I Fall in Love"), Dana Suesse, ("You Ought to Be in Pictures") and Johnny Green ("Body and Soul," "Out of Nowhere," "I Cover the Waterfront," and "Easy Come, Easy Go").
From 1935 to 1952, Heyman contributed songs to film scores including Sweet Surrender, That Girl From Paris, Curly Top, Kissing Bandit, Delightfully Dangerous and Northwest Outpost.
Arguably Heyman's biggest hit is his lyric to "Body and Soul," written in 1930, which was often recorded (notably in 1939 by Coleman Hawkins and by many others), which frequently crops up in films, most recently in 2002's Catch Me If You Can. Heyman also wrote "Through the Years," "For Sentimental Reasons," "Blame It on My Youth" (with Oscar Levant), "Love Letters," "Blue Star" (theme of the television series Medic), "The Wonder of You," "Boo-Hoo," "Bluebird of Happiness," and "You're Mine, You!"
"Out of Nowhere" written in 1931 by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman, became a standard piece of gypsy swing, a musical style established by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. Gypsy swing remains popular to this day, for additional information see Django Reinhardt and Rosenberg Trio.
Heyman's other collaborators include Morton Gould, Nacio Herb Brown, Rudolf Friml, Al Sherman, Abner Silver, Vincent Youmans, John Jacob Loeb, Carmen Lombardo, Sandor Harmati, Harry Parr-Davies, Oscar Levant, Sigmund Romberg, Arthur Schwartz and Ray Henderson.
Heyman was an ASCAP writer inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.
Songs with lyrics by Edward Heyman
- Edward Heyman's entry at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame
- Edward Heyman at the Internet Movie Database