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Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 3:36 am:   

Years ago I heard a recording of a song about a woman who fell in love with a jobless actor while she was working at the automat. I had it on a tape which I have subsequently lost. I never knew anything about it, who it was by, who was singing it.

I did a search at one point and found out that it was written by the same people who wrote the Fantasticks. But there never seemed to be any link to any recording or even sheet music.

Now there seems to be even less information about it on the web as I can barely find anything that links Schmidt and Jones to any song called Autumn at the Automat!

Does anyone have any information regarding the song or any recordings of it? I'd love to have that recording again, but sheet music would be manageable.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Dan Baumbach
Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 1:41 pm:   

This song was part of "The Play of the Week" a weekly tv show in New York City in the mid 50s. It was on channel 13 which was a public station long before there was PBS. This particular play was just interesting songs and poems about life in New York City. I also remember a poem read by Orson Bean about Ivy League Girls and a song about a motorman on the BMT.
Doug Douglass
Posted on Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 8:45 am:   

"Autumn at the Automat" is on "Earthly Paradise - Susan Watson Sings Jones & Schmid", a CD available at

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