Paul Evans, a New Yorker, has had a long and varied musical career. Although he has written many song lyrics, this is his first book, a book that describes his journey from getting his start in the music business, becoming part of the Brill's song-writing community and the sixty-three music-filled years that followed.
He was one of the first young writers to show up and work in the Bill Building on Tin Pan Alley and where he did his first demos. This is also where he was encouraged to change his name from Paul Lyle Rapport to Paul Evans. As a songwriter, Paul has written hits for himself as well as for Bobby Vinton - the 1962 classic, 'Roses Are Red, My Love', the Kalin Twins 'When' in 1957, and Elvis Presley 'The Next Step Is Love', and 'I Gotta Know' and more. A list of other recording artists who have recorded his songs is too long to write down here.
His songs have been featured in movies (Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas' and John Waters' 'Pecker'), television shows ('Scrubs', the Hulu series, 11.22.63) and TV ads (the 1965 CLEO winning Kent commercial, 'Happiness Is', England's Sainsbury and France's Intermarche grocery chains. He also wrote an off-off Broadway show, 'Cloverleaf Crisis', and the theme for the original network television show, 'CBS This Morning'.
Paul has spent a great deal of his life as a recording artist. From his 1959 and 60's Guaranteed Records hits: 'Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat', 'Midnight Special' and 'Happy-Go-Lucky Me' to his 1979 Spring Records hit: 'Hello, This Is Joannie' (# 6 on the English "pop" charts, Top 40 on Billboard's Country charts.) Paul has produced music tracks for recordings, industrials, jingles and television. He has also soloed and sung in groups on many commercial jingles, and has been seen and heard on the 'David Letterman Show', 'The Conan O'Brien Show', and more.
His voice can be heard in the Woody Allen films, 'Mighty Aphrodite' and 'Everyone Says I Love You'. He was also a part of the world-traveling jazz quintet, Group 5ive. Paul still lives in New York in his City apartment with his wife Susan.