Sidney Clare (Songwriter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Sidney Clare was an American comedian, dancer and composer. His best-known songs include “On the Good Ship Lollipop”, “You’re My Thrill”, and “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”. In 1929, Clare wrote his first full film score for Street Girl. He did the film scores for Tanned Legs, Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round, Sing and Be Happy, Hit the Deck, Jimmy and Sally, Bright Eyes, The Littlest Rebel and Rascals. The Oxford English Dictionary credits Clare with the earliest usage of the term “rock and roll” in 1934 on the soundtrack for the movie Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round. In the early 1940s Clare and several of his fellow hitmakers formed a sensational review called Songwriters on Parade, performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew’s and Keith circuits. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Born: August 15, 1892, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: August 29, 1972, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Comedian, dancer, composer
Spouse(s): Myrtle Hammerstad
IMDb: Sidney Clare’s IMDb

About Sidney Clare

Lyricist best known for On the Good Ship Lollipop and Then I’ll Be Happy. He was credited with first using the term “rock and roll” in 1934.

Before Fame

He performed as a dancer in vaudeville and wrote the first full film score for Street Girl from 1929.


He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Family Life

He married Myrtle Hammerstad.


His song Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone was used in the classic 1955 animated short One Froggy Evening directed by Chuck Jones.

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Latest information about Sidney Clare updated on August 28, 2020.

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