Composer and lyricist Richard Adler died on Thursday at the age of 90.

Along with Jerry Ross (who died young), he wrote two of the greatest American musicals not by Rodgers and Hammerstein, namely “Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees.”

Here’s one of my favorite numbers from “Pajama Game” — “There Once Was a Man.” For you kids out there, that’s Doris Day and John Raitt singing it. Pay attention to the words and choreography — a fine expression of the violent love these characters feel for each other — and dig the big band accompaniment.

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