Jay Livingston

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Jay Livingston (1915 - )

Occupation: Composer, songwriter
Born: March 28, 1915, McDonald, Pennsylvania
He composed many movie songs, often in collaboration with lyricist Ray Evans (b. February 4, 1915, Salamanca, New York). Their hits include "To Each His Own," "Golden Earrings," and "Tammy," as well as Academy Award winners "Buttons and Bows" (from "The Paleface", 1948), "Mona Lisa" (from "Captain Cary, U.S.A.", 1950), and "Que Sera Sera ( Whatever Will Be, Will Be! )" (from "The Man Who Knew Too Much", 1956). Livingston and Evans also wrote several popular themes for TV series, including "Bonanza", "Mr. Lucky" and "Mr. Ed."

As a child, he studied piano with Harry Archer in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, he studied composition and orchestration with Harl McDonald. While still a student, be organized a dance band that played for various school functions, and that also played on globe girdling cruise ships. One of his fellow students, Ray B. Evans, was also in the band. Livingston and Evans proved to be a team, with Evans becoming the lyricist.

Livingston graduated in 1937, and then moved to New York, where he spent the next six years, during which time, he and Evans had a Tin Pan Alley hit song with "G'bye Now". In 1939, he scored the motion picture 'The Cat and the Canary'. In 1940, Lane and Evans wrote some songs that were interpolated into the Olsen and Johnson Broadway show 'Son's O' Fun'.

During WW2, Livingston served in the U.S. Army. In 1944, Livingston and composer Ray Evans, went to Hollywood where they signed a Paramount Pictures contract. They were destined to write songs for more than a hundred different films, over a ten year span.

Jay was elected to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

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