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That's Him Over There
1956 Marilyn Bergman, Lew Spence
Lew Spence grew up on Long Island and spent many years playing piano in Arizona and New York before settling in California in his early 30s, working gigs at little nightclubs and beginning to think up his own music. Marilyn, who was 27 and recently arrived from New York, approached him in early 1956 with a lyric. Spence liked "That's Him Over There," wrote out a melody and Peggy Lee recorded it, whereupon Marilyn became his afternoon writing partner. But soon Spence was two-rhyming her. In the mornings he had quietly begun working with someone else - a struggling young songwriter also from New York - Alan. Eventually, Spence decided that morning should meet afternoon, and very quickly that old feeling was in the air.
-Nicholas Dawidoff in New York Times (adapted from)

Recording sessions
1959: New York
I see your face
In this room full of faces
I'm trying hard not to stare