Frank Loesser’s “Guys & Dolls”

May 31, 1955: A revival of Frank Loesser’s “Guys & Dolls” opened today at the New York City Center starring Walter Matthau as Nathan Detroit.  (from “This Day … In Jewish History”, Mitchell A. Levin)

The music and lyrics for this musical were written by Frank Loesser and the book was written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrow. It is based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” – two short stories by Damon Runyon – and also borrows characters and plot elements from other Runyon stories – most notably “Pick the Winner”.

The premiere on Broadway was in 1950. It ran for 1200 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical has had several Broadway and London revivals, as well as a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. (from Wikipedia)

In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 33-cent stamp honoring Frank Loesser as part of its Legends of American Music series (Scott No. 3350):

Frank Loesser - SC3350


Bob Dylan – May 24, 1941

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is one of the most influential American singer-songwriters.  A key player in the 1960s folk revival, he wrote political and poetic songs that challenged the establishment and became anthems to the anti-war movement.  Among his biggest hits were “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.  He delayed acceptance of the latter award until March 2017 – about 3 months after the formal awards ceremony.  (mostly from a calendar page printed by Universe Publishing)

Here’s a souvenir sheet honoring Dylan on the occasion of his Nobel Prize award.  It was issued by the tropical nation of Maldives on December 28, 2016:


Bob Dylan - Maldives 2016-12-28