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Speaking as a musician, there are two things that trip me out about Tom Lehrer.
The first is his absolute mastery of timing. His little pauses here and there are born of a mathematical precision -- which makes sense, given that he was a math teacher and the esoteric way in which music and math commingle.
A perfect example is right at the end of the first verse, when he says "'course you do." Note how there's a slight pause right before it, then he spits it out and "do" lands right on the last beat of the measure. It's like a "3-2-1" countdown, mathematically precise.
But much more impressive in the way he controls the tone of his talking-singing voice. It's still his normal voice when he talks during a song, but there's a background rise and fall to it that echoes singing -- but really isn't. Then, when he actually starts singing, the blend is so smooth that it's almost as if there's no blend at all. Truly a master of his craft.
Here's a good line from Wikipedia:
"There is a misconception that Lehrer gave up political satire when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger in 1973. He did say that the awarding of the prize to Kissinger made political satire obsolete."
FWIW, according to an interview, he didn't stop writing for any particular reason. Just bored with the concerts and travel and playing the same songs over and over again. He's apparently still alive (he'd be about 80) but it doesn't mention anything about his later life or where he is today.