Composer Arthur Siegel, whose now-standard “Love Is a Simple Thing” was a highlight of Broadway’s “New Faces of 1952,” died Sept. 13 of heart failure due to complications from diabetes. He was 70.
Siegel began his career composing special material for Nancy Walker, Georgia Gibbs, Hermione Gingold, Imogene Coca, Gypsy Rose Lee, Mitzi Green and Stanley Holloway. He accompanied Eddie Cantor at a 1950 Carnegie Hall appearance.
At the request of producer Leonard Sillman, Siegel, along with lyricist June Carroll, wrote four songs for “New Faces of 1952,” including “Love Is a Simple Thing” and Eartha Kitt’s “Monotonous.” He wrote for other “New Faces” editions in 1956, 1962 and 1968. Siegel was Kaye Ballard’s accompanist since 1958, played on more than 37 albums for the Painted Smiles record label, and composed the score for the Off Broadway show “Tallulah,” starring Helen Gallagher. He also wrote for the television version of “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Survived by a brother and sister.