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Nacio Herb Brown

Composer, Businessman

(1896 - 1964)

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Nacio Herb Brown left New Mexico, where his father was sheriff, to attend the LA High School of Musical Arts and UCLA. Music was secondary to his successful real estate career until he met lyricist Arthur Freed. Together they scored the Academy Award winning Broadway Melody of 1929 and throughout the ‘30s wrote a series of hits for Broadway musicals and films, including “Should I” (1930), “Temptation” (1933), and “All I Do Is Dream of You” (1934).

When Freed turned movie producer, Brown found other collaborations. He wrote “You Stepped Out of a Dream” with Gus Kahn for Ziegfeld Girl (1941) and the rousing “Love Is Where You Find It” with Earl K. Brent for The Kissing Bandit (1948). He partnered again with Freed to score a movie, which took its title from a song they had written in 1928 for a Hollywood revue. Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which was nominated for Best Original Score, is considered by many the quintessential Hollywood musical.

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Holly Cole

Broadway Melody Of 1936

Harry Stockwell, Buddy Ebsen, Una Merkel, Eleanor Powell, Jack Benny, Frances Langford

Singin' in the Rain (1952 Film Soundtrack)

Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds

You Stepped out of a Dream

Bobby Hackett

Martial Solal & Toots Thielemans

Includes "You Stepped Out of a Dream"

Quiet Fire

George Cables Includes "You Stepped Out of a Dream"

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Chris Connor Includes "You Stepped Out of a Dream"

...and 5 Trombones...and 5 Trumpets

Four Freshmen Includes "You Stepped Out of a Dream"
Reading and Viewing

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Roy Hemming

The Melody Lingers on: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals

Newmarket Press

(8 pages on Nacio Herb Brown)

David Ewen

American Songwriters

H. W. Wilson

(6 pages on Brown and Freed)

Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love

The Broadway Melody of 1929 (Special Edition)


Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, James Stewart, Tony Martin

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)


Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds

Singin' in the Rain

Warner Home Video


Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson

The Kissing Bandit (1949)


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