Archive for July 8th, 2011


His satirical compositions were too risqué, too offensive and radio stations refused to play them so Tom Lehrer paid for the recordings out of his own pocket and sold them at Harvard University for three dollars…people liked them and recommended them to others and then mail order requests began to arrive from other parts of the country…one day Princess Margret happened to mention that her tastes in music ranged from Mozart to To Lehrer and that created huge interest in his music; the BBC began playing his records at a time when they were still banned in the United States…one of his most popular hits was “Masochism Tango” which he recorded on July 9, 1959…Tom Lehrer, singer, song writer, satirist and mathematician, was born to a jewish family in Manhattan and began studying classical piano at the age of seven but eventually he discovered that he liked popular music better…


He made his first composition  at the age of 10…it was while studying mathematics at Harvard University that one day, he happened to the compose the satirical “Fight Fiercely Harvard”…when it made him a local hero, he was surprised, “I just think anyone would be interested” he was to say…he graduated with high honors and went on to obtain advanced degrees…he later taught at MIT and Harvard…in an unusual move he enlisted in the army but chose to remain an enlisted man attaining the rank of corporal…he performed in nightclubs around Boston where Issac Asimov was one of his fans and mentions him in his autobiography…Lehrer has said of his musical career, “If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while.”