Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen

Highest Rated: 98% A Star Is Born (1954)

Lowest Rated: 85% Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Birthday: Feb 15, 1905

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

A giant of American song, Harold Arlen wrote the music to some of the most enduring musical numbers of the 20th century, including the songs from "The Wizard of Oz," most famously its signature song, "Over the Rainbow," as well as such classic standards as "Get Happy," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Blues in the Night," "That Old Black Magic" and hundreds more. An accomplished arranger and jazz musician in his teens, Arlen began writing songs for the Cotton Club during its heyday in the 1930s before graduating to Broadway and Hollywood. He collaborated with some of the greatest lyricists of his day, from Ira Gershwin and Johnny Mercer to E.A. "Yip" Harburg, who penned the words to his memorable "Oz" songs. His work for feature films was no less memorable, though the films they accompanied rarely met the high standards of his music, save perhaps for "A Star is Born" (1952), which featured "The Man That Got Away." Arlen's work declined along with his health in the late 1960s, though his songs remained evergreen thanks to countless cover versions in nearly every genre of music - from jazz and pop to rock and blues. In a career that spanned over half a decade, Harold Arlen brought swing, bounce, blues and joy to the sound of modern-day America.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
98% 81% A Star Is Born Original Music - 1954
85% 81% Cabin in the Sky Original Music - 1943
No Score Yet 54% Star Spangled Rhythm Original Music - 1942
98% 89% The Wizard of Oz Original Music $5.5M 1939

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973

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