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There are at least 2 artists named Jack Lawrence.

1. Jack Lawrence (April 7, 1912 – March 15, 2009) was an American Academy Award-nominated songwriter. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975.

Lawrence was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Orthodox Jewish family. He wrote songs while still a child, but because of parental pressure went to school to study podiatry. He got his doctoral degree in 1932, the same year that his first song was published, and immediately decided that songwriting, rather than podiatry, would be his career. That song, "Play, Fiddle, Play," won international fame and he became a member of ASCAP that year at only 20.

"Yes, My Darling Daughter," introduced by Dinah Shore on Eddie Cantor's radio program, was Shore's first record. Another Jack Lawrence song that introduced a new artist was "If I Didn't Care," which introduced the world to The Ink Spots. And, although Frank Sinatra was already a well-known big band singer, Lawrence's "All or Nothing at All" was Sinatra's first solo hit.

Lawrence also wrote the lyrics for "Tenderly," Rosemary Clooney's trademark song (in collaboration with composer Walter Lloyd Gross), as well as the English language lyric to "Beyond the Sea" (based on Charles Trenet's French language song "La mer"), the trademark song for Bobby Darin. Another French song for which Lawrence wrote an English lyric was "La goualante de pauvre Jean," becoming "The Poor People of Paris."

Together with Richard Myers he wrote "Hold My Hand," which was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Song.

2. "Little" Jack Lawrence is a musician from Northern Kentucky. He plays bass, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, drums, and piano, accordion, and the clarinet.
He is currently a member of three bands:
The Greenhornes — a garage rock trio from Cincinnati (bass, vocals). Lawrence has been playing with them since the band's inception in the mid-90's.
Blanche — from Detroit (banjo, autoharp, mandolin, bass, vocals), since the summer of 2004. Lawrence and Blanche's other members have stated that he will not leave Blanche due to The Raconteurs' overwhelming popularity. Blanche plans on releasing an EP this October and a full-lengthed album in early 2007, with much touring.
The Raconteurs — (bass, vocals), a Nashville-based band comprised of Brendan Benson, Jack White, and Patrick Keeler. The Raconteurs came together in the summer of 2004 but debuted in early 2006. The band has been touring North America and Europe since March of 2006, and are most commonly known for their hit single, Steady As She Goes.

Lawrence has also worked on several side projects, including playing bass on Loretta Lynn's 2004 album, Van Lear Rose. The album's backing band was put together and led by Jack White of The White Stripes and dubbed the Do-Whaters. The band also included Lawrence's fellow Greenhorne and Raconteur drummer Patrick Keeler, as well as his fellow Blanche member, pedal steel player Dave Feeny. Lawrence is working with Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on her upcoming solo album. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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