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Churchill Kohlman

Born: Jan 28, 1906

Death: May 25, 1983

Profession: Songwriter

Nationality: United States

Churchill Kohlman

Date of Birth : Jan 28, 1906
Date of Death : May 25, 1983

Churchill Kohlman was an African-American songwriter who wrote Johnnie Ray's 1951 hit, "Cry" while working in a Pittsburgh dry cleaning factory as the night watchman. Royalties from "Cry" were the subject of a bitter legal dispute between Kohlman and Perry Alexander, owner of music publisher Mellow Music. Alexander was ordered by arbitrators to pay Kohlman $15,331.24 to settle the dispute in 1953. Kohlman wrote hundreds of other songs, but none achieved the success of "Cry". Churchill had the following siblings: Homer Kohlman; and Alyse Kohlman Klaytor. After his success with "Cry", he was a correspondent for Prevue, a Chicago-based show-business magazine. He married Viola and had the following children: Phyllis Kohlman O'Leary and Eleanor Kohlman Smith; and Carl Kohlman. He died under the name Charles Kohlman of a heart attack in 1983, at 77 years old, in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh.


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