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Sherman Edwards was a composer and lyricist, best known for the songs of the 1969 Broadway hit 1776. The musical was a recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical. Edwards worked with acclaimed bandleaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, and in addition to his work in music, he was also an actor and a dancer in several Broadway plays. He died in 1981.
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