Philip Springer was the great E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's last collaborator prior to Yip's death in 1981. Yip, of course known for writing the lyrics to "The Wizard of Oz", "Paper Moon", "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" and countless classics. Springer and Harburg wrote about 15 beautiful songs together.
"Time You Old Gypsy Man" is one of their most beautiful songs, called "a masterpiece" by the Steve Holden of the New York Times in December 1989. Many famous artists turned it down, owing to the meaning of the song; how fast time goes by and all of a sudden our lives are nearing the end....
In this video, Kaye Ballard tells this story, and sings the song.
This website is dedicated to the works of Philip Springer, composer of the classic Christmas song, "Santa Baby". He started his career in the "Brill Building" in New York City in the 1940s, and continued in a music career throughout the following decades and to this day.
Music supervisors looking for songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s may find the perfect background song a movie, television, video or other project. Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield and other notable recording artists recorded many of Springer's songs.