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Gloria Shayne Baker

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Gloria Shayne


Gloria Shayne Baker (4 September 1923, Brookline, Mass. – 6 March 2008, Stamford, Conn.) was an American composer and songwriter.

Baker was born as Gloria Adele Shain into a Jewish family, daughter of attorney Mark Shain and Professor Rose Wies Shain. She grew up next door to Joseph and Rose Kennedy and their children, including John F. Kennedy.

She began her music career as part of a singing trio, The Shain Sisters, alongside her older sisters, Esther and Thelma. She changed the spelling of her last name from Shain to Shayne early on in her career for professional reasons. She earned her bachelor's degree from the Boston University School of Music. She moved to New York City during the 1940s, where she worked as a pianist performing on demos and in front of live audiences. She also arranged music for composers such as Stephen Sondheim and Irving Berlin.

Shayne met her first husband, French born Noël Regney, while playing piano at a New York City hotel in 1951. Regney and Shayne would later write Do You Hear What I Hear? together as collaborators. Shayne also enjoyed a successful career when not collaborating with Regney. She composed the lyrics and music for Goodbye Cruel World, which was recorded by James Darren in 1961.

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