Songwriter Diane Lampert dies at 88

Wrote songs for Beatles, Juice Newton, Brenda lee

Diane Lampert, a songwriter who penned lyrics to title songs for more than 20 motion pics, died in Gotham of heart failure on Feb. 22. She was 88.

Lampert was born in the Bronx, N.Y. in 1924. She had a string of successes in Hollywood and helped provide music for films starring Bob Hope, Cary Grant and Buster Keaton, among others.

Lampert co-wrote the Beatles song “Nothin’ Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees)” that wasn’t released until 1994 on “Live At The BBC.”

Her song, “Break It To Me Gently,” won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for Juice Newton in 1983.

Lampert also worked on songs performed by Brenda Lee, Steve Lawrence and Red Foley.

She created scores for NBC’s “O’Halloran’s Luck” and the United Nations album, “Three Billion Millionaires,” featuring Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Terry Thomas, Wally Cox, Sammy Davis Jr. and Carol Burnett.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Fred Stuart, president of the New York-based Rainbow Music Corp.

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