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Harry Warren

Salvatore Anthony Guaragna

Composer, Pianist, Drummer

(1893 - 1981)

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Harry Warren frequently joked about his lack of recognition. It’s puzzling because he had a record 42 songs in Your Hit Parade’s top ten, nine more than the next composer--Irving Berlin.

He loved Puccini as a child and decided on a music career. His first hit came in 1922, Paul Whiteman introduced two of his songs in 1923, and in 1925 he wrote “I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me).”

In the early ‘30s he scored films and Broadway shows and from 1929-1933 was Director of ASCAP. In 1932 he teamed with lyricist Al Dubin and settled in Hollywood, writing for hundreds of films by 1957. Their 1932 film, 42nd Street, was an enormous hit. Warren claims that “Getting to Be a Habit with Me” was the first “drug” song. The movie was rewritten for Broadway in 1980, ran for nine years, was revived in 2001, and is still running (2004). For the next six years they had a string of hits, including “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1934) and “Lullaby of Broadway,” the Oscar winner from Gold Diggers of 1935.

Warren’s next collaboration in 1940 with Mack Gordon was equally successful. The title song for Down Argentine Way was nominated for an Oscar (1940). They scored two films for Glenn Miller’s band, producing “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” (1941), “At Last,” Serenade in Blue,” and “I Had a Gal in Kalamazoo” (1942). In 1943 “You’ll Never Know” won the Oscar and they wrote their most enduring standard, “There Will Never Be Another You.” Their 1945 gem, “The More I See You,” also entered the jazz standards repertoire.

Warren’s collaboration with Johnny Mercer produced “I’m an Old Cowhand” (1936) and “Jeepers Creepers” (1938). They won an Oscar for “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” sung by Judy Garland in The Harvey Girls (1946).

Warren also composed “That’s Amore” which Dean Martin took to the pop charts in 1953.

- Sandra Burlingame


Plays Harry Warren Songbook

Ralph Sharon



The Jazz Giants Play Harry Warren: Lullaby of Broadway

Jazz Giants



The Song Is Harry Warren

Harry Warren



An Affair To Remember: Capitol Sings Harry Warren

Various Artists



Lullaby of Broadway: The Music of Harry Warren

Various Artists



I Only Have Eyes for You

Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy



At Last!

Etta James



There Will Never Be Another You

Lionel Hampton



There Will Never Be Another You

Harry Sweets Edison



The More I See You

Oscar Peterson



Way Out West

Sonny Rollins Includes "I'm an Old Cowhand"



Jeepers Creepers

Louis Armstrong



Jeepers Creepers

Count Basie & Tony Bennett



American Songbook Series: Harry Warren

Various Artists
Reading and Viewing

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Tony Thomas

Harry Warren and the Hollywood Musical

Lyle Stuart


Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee, Una Merkel, Ginger Rogers, Ned Sparks, Dick Powell

42nd Street

Warner Home Video

DVD


Judy Garland

The Harvey Girls

Turner Home Ent

DVD


Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carrol Naish

Down Argentine Way

20th Century Fox

DVD


Sonja Henie, John Payne, Jack Oakie

Iceland

20th Century Fox

VHS Introduced "There Will Never Be..."

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