Tom Lehrer

Thomas Andrew Lehrer

Also known as Lehrer, T. Lehrer, Tom Lehre
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.tomlehrer.org

Discography of Tom Lehrer:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1966 Reprise Records
2 More Of Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1959 Lehrer Records
3 That Was The Year That Was 14 Audio 1965
4 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio Reprise Records
5 Songs & More Songs 33 Audio 1997 Rhino Entertainment Company
6 Revisited 16 Audio Reprise Records
7 That Was The Year That Was 14 Audio 1990 Reprise Records
8 More Of Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1963 Decca
9 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio 1953 Lehrer Records
10 That Was The Year That Was 14 Audio 1965 Reprise Records
11 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1959 Lehrer Records
12 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio 1959 Lehrer Records
13 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1966 Reprise Records
14 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio 1966 Reprise Records
15 Songs By Tom Lehrer 13 Audio 1953 Lehrer Records
16 Tom Lehrer Revisited (Recorded During Concert Performances In The United States And Australia) 15 Audio 1960 Lehrer Records
17 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio 1958 Decca
18 Poisoning Pigeons In The Park 2 Audio 1960-06-00 Decca
19 Pollution 2 Audio 1965-12-03 Reprise Records
20 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1965 Decca
21 In Concert 23 Audio 1994 Decca Eclipse
22 An Evening With Tom Lehrer 48 Audio 2011 One Day Music
23 Revisited 13 Audio Decca
24 More Of Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1959 Decca
25 More Of Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1981 Decca
26 That Was The Year That Was 14 Audio 1965 Reprise Records
27 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 4 Audio 1966 Reprise Records
28 Pollution 2 Audio 1969 Reprise Records
29 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio
30 Songs By Tom Lehrer 13 Audio 1953 Trans-Radio Recordings
31 That Was The Year That Was 14 Audio Reprise Records
32 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio Decca
33 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio Decca
34 Songs By Tom Lehrer 4 Audio Reprise Records
35 That Was The Year That Was 4 Audio Reprise Records
36 More Of Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1963
37 Songs By Tom Lehrer 12 Audio
38 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer 11 Audio 1966 Reprise Records
39 Poisoning Pigeons In The Park 2 Audio 1960 Capricorn Records


American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician, born on April 9, 1928 in Manhattan, NY. Lehrer's style was greatly influenced by musical theatre, but he often incorporated other musical styles to make a point. Lyrically, his humor was dark and witty, which was unusual for the novelty, comedic, and satirical music produced in the 50s and 60s.

Lehrer began to study piano at the age of 7. While he was an undergraduate student, majoring in mathematics at Harvard University in the 1950s, he began to write and perform comic and novelty songs to amuse his friends. In 1953, while teaching mathematics, Lehrer self-produced and released his first album, [r=1661666], on his own label Lehrer Records. He soon gained a cult following and toured the US, Europe (especially England), and Australia. After a brief stint in the army (1955-57), Lehrer returned to Harvard to teach and pursue his doctorate. Musically, "Songs By..." was followed by a live album, [r=2966168], and a studio album, [r=645462], both released in 1959.

In the 1960s, he wrote songs for the US version of the British satirical TV news program, "That Was the Week That Was", and his satire took on a more political bend, dealing with topics such as racism, religion, war, nuclear proliferation and pollution. His songs were performed by members of the cast, usually with lyrics altered by the network censors. At Lehrer's insistence, an album of songs from the show was released in 1965, [r=645835] (his first in 6 years and his last complete album of new material), with Lehrer performing the songs with their original lyrics, so that the audience could hear them as they were written. In 1996, "That Was The Week That Was" was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Tom Lehrer gave up public performance of his music in the early 1970s except for two performances in 1998 at a London gala show celebrating the career of musical theatre producer [a847204].

In the 1970s, he was approached by his Harvard classmate [a197496], who was the Musical Director for the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street, etc.) about contributing some songs to the their new reading education show, "The Electric Company." He agreed and submitted the classics "L-Y" and "Silent-E." In the 1980s, Lehrer gave his blessing and support to a successful musical written for the British stage using his songs, "Tom Foolery". Around this time, Lehrer's music received a rebirth in popularity thanks to a California disc jockey named [a400241], better known as [a770571]. He played novelty, comedy, and satirical music on his weekly two hour show.

In 1972, after teaching PolySci at MIT for several years, Lehrer accepted a position teaching mathematics and musical theatre at University of California, Santa Cruz. After 29 years, he taught his last mathematics class at UCSC in 2001. Today he is enjoying retirement in the area around the campus in Santa Cruz.


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