b. 11 January 1870, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 March 1934. A self-taught but somewhat amateurish pianist, Stern was a travelling salesman when he met another salesman, Edward B. Marks (1865-1944). Marks had already dabbled with song lyrics. One evening, when the two men were stormbound in a small hotel they whiled away the time making up a song about an item in the local newspaper. With foresight, Stern and Marks set up their own publishing company for their ‘The Little Lost Child’ and soon found themselves rich. The song’s popularity with vaudeville audiences led to the two men deciding to make songwriting and publishing their full time work. The next few years saw them write songs such as ‘No One Ever Loved More Than I’, ‘My Mother Was A Lady’, ‘Games We Used To Play’ and ‘Don’t Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve’. Their style of song became a little dated after the turn of the century and soon Stern decided to retire. Marks continued publishing songs and worked briefly in national government.
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