Tom Lehrers comedy career
was brief. In 1953, at his own expense, he pressed 400 copies of his first
record, and sold them locally at Harvard. Then, in 1959 he tried a second
album, and through 1960 went on tour in Europe and Australia. That was
enough. He became a full-time college professor at M.I.T. and later at
the University of California.
By 1964 he figured hed pretty much covered what
he could. Any subject matter he hadnt yet tackled was simply too
complex for a three-minute satire. An amusing song about capital punishment
or abortion its a tough assignment.
In 1971, he did write some childrens material for
The Electric Company on PBS. And more recently, he added a
few light songs to the 3-disc boxed set of his work that Rhino Records
The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Rhino Records,