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Gloria Shayne Baker’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday) September 4, 1923

Death Date March 6, 2008

Age of Death 84 years

Cause of Death Lung Cancer

Place of Death Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Profession Songwriter

The songwriter Gloria Shayne Baker died at the age of 84. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Remembered for several songs co-written with her one-time husband Noel Regney, Baker is perhaps most famous for her contributions to the Christmas carol “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (composed in 1962) and the popular song “Rain Rain Go Away.”

Born to Jewish parents Mark and Rose Shain, she grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, as the next door neighbor of future United States President John F. Kennedy. In her younger years, she performed with her siblings Thelma and Esther as a member of The Shain Sisters trio.

During the later years of her life, she served as the accompanist for operatic tenor Jan Peerce. Earlier in her career, she had arranged work by both Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

After her two-decade marriage to French songwriter Noel Regney ended in the early 1970s, she married William Baker.

She wrote the 1961 James Darren hit “Goodbye Cruel World.”

How did Gloria Shayne Baker die?

Gloria Shayne Baker, who composed the hit Christmas song “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” died on Thursday at her home in Stamford, Conn. She was 84. The cause was cancer, her daughter, Gabrielle Regney, said. Written in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was intended to be a plea for peace.