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Sheldon Harnick

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Songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He went to New York City as a violinist, and began selling songs to revues. His first real success came when he teamed with composer Jerry Bock (1928– ) on The Body Beautiful (1958), a musical about boxers. This was followed by Fiorello (1959, with Bock), a political satire based loosely on the life of New York Mayor LaGuardia, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. His greatest success has been Fiddler on the Roof (1964), which includes ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’, and ‘Sunrise, Sunset’.

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