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Abner Silver

Born in 1899, Abner Silver was the pinnacle Tin Pan Alley song writer, responsible for writing music to songs, for all of the big artists of his day. He worked with various lyricists, most frequently Benny Davis, Al Sherman, and AL Lewis. With a career spanning over 50 years, some of Silver's biggest hits include 1918's "You Can't Blame the Girlies (They All Want to Marry a Soldier)," 1921's "I'm Going South," 1925's "Chasing Shadows" and 1940's "How Did He Look?" In the 1950s Silver wrote several songs for Elvis Presley, including "Young and Beautiful," "What's She Really Like?" and "Lover Doll." Silver’s “With These Hands” was covered by Tom Jones for Tim Burton’s Edward Scissor Hands and Cyndi Lauper’s breakout album, “She’s So Unusual” was named for her cover of Silver’s “He’s So Unusual.”