Songwriter & Lyricist

Maria's Her Name sheet musicWhilst her children were still little, Ann studied at home taking her ‘A’ levels in French, Italian and Spanish. This led to her success as a lyric writer, when she was commissioned by various music publishers including Chappells, Southern Music and Latin-American Music to write the English lyrics to Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Brazilian hit songs for commercial release in the English market.

In 1967 through a family friendship with Ben Oakland, American lyricist composer pianist who, among others, wrote “I’ll take Romance” and “Java Jive”, Ann met the great Oscar-winning songwriter Sammy Fain, who invited her to show him the sights of London. Whenever they went to a restaurant or club, the band played ‘Love is a Many Splendour’d Thing” and “Secret Love” to honour Sammy. As a friend of the young George Gershwin, Sammy told Ann many colourful personal anecdotes of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and his other contemporaries. Fain then aged 65, told Ann “If I was only younger, I would marry you!”