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Jack Segal, 86; song lyricist

LOS ANGELES -- Jack Segal, lyricist for such standards as "Scarlet Ribbons," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "When Joanna Loved Me," died Thursday in Tarzana. He was 86.

The songwriter's hits, which have sold an estimated 65 million records, have been recorded by such artists as Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, and Perry Como.

In 1999, 1ONLY1.COM's "Songwriter Tribute Series" released Jack Segal Special Edition Packages with autographed sheet music, a compact disc of Mr. Segal performing his greatest hits.

The ballad that was perhaps Mr. Segal's greatest hit, "Scarlet Ribbons," flowed, he said, onto paper in a mere 15 minutes in 1949. It happened when he was invited to the Port Washington, N.Y., home of concert pianist Evelyn Danzig Levine to hear some of her formal compositions.

Among Mr. Segal's other songs were "For Once in Your Life," "Too Much-Too Soon," and "Strings."

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