36. East of the Sun, West of the Moon 
      –Brooks Bowman


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Photo by Dino Palomares

“East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)” was featured in the 1935 production of the Triangle Club show Stags at Bay, before reaching the number one spot on the Lucky Strike Hit Parade that same year.  “East of the sun, and west of the moon, we’ll build a dream house of love, dear.”  Since then, this song has been recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, and Diana Krall.  Brooks Bowman ’36 wrote the music and lyrics for “East of the Sun” and three other songs in Stags at Bay, and was lyricist for two other numbers in the show.  A full third of the music for the 1936 Triangle production, What a Relief!, was contributed by this extraordinarily promising songwriter whom the press equated in talent to Cole Porter. Bowman died tragically in an automobile accident only four days before his twenty-fourth birthday.