Michael Brown (born circa 1920 in Mexia, Texas) is a producer and writer of songs and books whose most-widely-known work might be several children's books about Santa Mouse.
Brown has served several terms as a member of the board of the Songwriters Guild of America.
Industrial musical career:
Excerpts from "The Woolworth Manager's Work Song":
The buyer told you what was new,
Then he assigned you quite a few.
Your total sales were only two:
Don't blame the buyer...it was you!
Shrinkage, watch out for shrinkage,
or else the one that ends up shrinking there
will probably be you.
Starting in 1953, he produced industrial musicals for corporate clients in the United States and other countries. His biggest production was DuPont's multi-million-dollar Wonderful World of Chemistry at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Brown wrote, produced, and directed a musical involving interaction between live performers and life-sized actors on film. In over 17,000 performances it was seen by over 5.2 million people.
Another example of his corporate work is an industrial musical revue for Woolworth performed in June 1965 called MR. WOOLWORTH HAD A NOTION.
His first work on Broadway was the song "Lizzie Borden" in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952.
Writing with Harold Arlen, he wrote "Indoor Girl" sung by Pearl Bailey in House of Flowers and then by himself created the score for the English musical IS THERE INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH? He also wrote a production number for the Carol Channing company of SUGAR BABIES and the book, music, and lyrics for the nineteen-day run of DIFERENT TIMES.
He also wrote some of the music for SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW.
Brown is married to Joy Williams Brown, a former ballerina.