Tom Lehrer

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Legal name: Thomas Andrew Lehrer


Thomas Andrew Lehrer (; born April 9, 1928) is an American former musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician, having lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy and humorous songs that he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. His songs often parodied popular musical forms, though he usually created original melodies when doing so. A notable exception is "The Elements", in which he set the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the "Major-General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

Lehrer's early musical work typically dealt with non-topical subject matter and was noted for its black humor in songs such as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park". In the 1960s, he produced a number of songs that dealt with social and political issues of the day, particularly when he wrote for the U.S. version of the television show That Was the Week That Was. The popularity of these songs has far outlasted their topical subjects and references. Lehrer quoted a friend's explanation: "Always predict the worst and you'll be hailed as a prophet." In the early 1970s, Lehrer largely retired from public performances to devote his time to teaching mathematics and musical theater history at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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2013Essential Tom Lehrer, Vol. 2 (Live)Tom Lehrer1
2013Essential Tom Lehrer, Vol. 1 (Live)Tom Lehrer1


1953Songs by Tom LehrerTom Lehrer4
1959More of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer3
2013When You Are Old and GreyTom Lehrer1
2021The Queen’s Six Murder the Songs of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer; The Queen’s Six1

Album + Compilation

1997Songs & More Songs by Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1
2000The Remains of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer2
2008The Very Best of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1
2010The Tom Lehrer CollectionTom Lehrer1
2010Evenings Wasted with Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1
2010The Wit and Wisdom of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1
2010The Rest of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1
2012The Old Dope PeddlerTom Lehrer1
2015The Tom Lehrer Collection (4 albums in 2 CDs)Tom Lehrer1
2019An Evening with the Infinite Genius of Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1

Album + Soundtrack

2012Tom FooleryTom Lehrer1

Album + Live

1959An Evening Wasted With Tom LehrerTom Lehrer8
1960Tom Lehrer RevisitedTom Lehrer4
1960Tom Lehrer Discovers Australia (and Vice Versa)Tom Lehrer1
1965That Was the Year That WasTom Lehrer4
1994In ConcertTom Lehrer1


1960Poisoning Pigeons in the ParkTom Lehrer1


1959Songs by Tom LehrerTom Lehrer1

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