Al Stillman

Al Stillman
Birth name Albert Silverman
Born (1906-06-26)June 26, 1906
New York City, U.S.A.
Died February 17, 1979(1979-02-17) (aged 72)
New York City, U.S.A.
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Associated acts Robert Allen, Ernesto Lecuona

Al Stillman (June 26, 1906 – February 17, 1979) was an American lyricist.


Stillman was born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City. His name was originally Albert Silverman, but changed it to that of a well-known New York banking family. He was Jewish.[2] He attended New York University. After graduation, he contributed to Franklin P. Adams' newspaper column, and in 1933 became a staff writer at Radio City Music Hall, a position he held for almost 40 years.

Stillman collaborated with a number of composers: Fred Ahlert, Robert Allen, Percy Faith, George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona, Paul McGrane, Kay Swift, and Arthur Schwartz. Many of his collaborations with Allen were major hits in the 1950s for The Four Lads; the Stillman/Allen team also wrote hit songs for Perry Como and Johnny Mathis.

Stillman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.

Songs for which Stillman wrote lyrics

Music by Robert Allen

Perry Como hits

Four Lads hits

Johnny Mathis hits

Music by Ernesto Lecuona


Stage shows with scores by Stillman

  • Howdy
  • Icetime of 1948
  • It Happens on Ice
  • Mr. Ice
  • Stars on Ice
  • Virginia

Movies to which Stillman contributed songs

The FBI Story (1959)(Composed the song "What do I care.")


  1. Bloom, Nate (December 22, 2014). "All those Holiday/Christmas Songs: So Many Jewish Songwriters!". Jewish World Review.
  2. Bloom, Nate (2006-12-19). "The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
  3. Twist & Shout: The Golden Age of American Rock 'N Roll Volume III 1960-1963. Pierian Press. 2002. p. 272. ISBN 978-0964658844.
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