Alan Brandt

Co-authored legiter 'That's All,' penned '2-1/2 Jews'

Alan Brandt, who co-authored the jazz standard “That’s All” and penned the long-running Off Broadway play “2½ Jews,” died of cancer Sept. 6 in New York. He was 78.

Prolific lyricist wrote songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme and Tony Bennett.

Brooklyn native began as publicist for the likes of Harry Belafonte and Mike Wallace as well as early TV series “Howdy Doody” and “Captain Kangaroo.” In the late ’60s, Brandt dabbled in acting and appeared in the Off Broadway play “Cantorial.”

A collector of primitive art, he founded New York’s Galerie Kamer, a public gallery devoted to African art, in 1960. His pieces have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. U. of Michigan grad also served as a German language translator in WWII.

He is survived by his wife, two children and five grandchildren.

— Denise Martin

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