|Harry Warren ( 1893-1981 )
Born Salvatore Guaragna on December 24, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of 12 children. Taught himself music, and by 1922 had published his first song, "Rose of the Rio Grande" with Stark & Cowan, where he worked as a staff pianist and song promoter. By his own count, he published some 300-400 songs between 1922 and 1960, many of which were used in Broadway or Hollywood musicals. Three of his songs received Academy Awards: "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935), "You'll Never Know" (1943) and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" (1945). Collaborated with Al Dubin from 1932-1939, producing songs for Gold Diggers of 1933 and 42nd Street. Teamed with Mack Gordon in the 1940s, producing songs such as "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" and "Jeepers, Creepers", among many others. He provided music for such films as Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade, Marty, An Affair to Remember, The Caddy, Cinderfella and (of course) The Harvey Girls. He also wrote the theme music for the television show "The Legend of Wyatt Earp". Died September 22, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.
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