Songwriter Jack Lawrence dies

Penned songs for Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Jack Lawrence, who wrote the lyrics for Frank Sinatra's first hit recording "All or Nothing at All" as well as standards sung by stars such as Dinah Shore and Bobby Darin, has died, according to family members. He was 96.

The songwriter's son, Richard Lawrence, says Lawrence died Sunday at Danbury Hospital from renal failure and complications from a fall at his house in West Redding.

He wrote the Ink Spots' 1939 smash recording of "If I Didn't Care," and the song that introduced Shore to the American radio audience, "Yes, My Darling Daughter." He wrote the lyrics to Sinatra's first hit recording with Harry James, "All or Nothing at All."
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