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Ned Washington


Lyricist, Performer, Theatrical Agent

(1901 - 1976)

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Ned Washington began his career in vaudeville in 1922 where he was an emcee and actors’ agent. His first two songs appeared in Vanities of 1928, and his first big success was with composer Victor Young’s “Can’t We Talk It Over” (1931). “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” written with George Bassman, became Tommy Dorsey’s theme song in 1932. The next year several of Washington’s songs were interpolated into musicals, and “Smoke Rings,” with H. Eugene Gifford, became the theme song for Glen Gray’s Casa Loma Orchestra.

Washington went to Hollywood, where he remained and enjoyed a string of hits. In 1938 his first song to make the Hit Parade was “The Nearness of You,” written with Hoagy Carmichael. 1940’s Pinocchio won two Oscars for Washington and Leigh Harline: Best Score and Best Song, “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

A long collaboration with Dimitri Tiomkin, lasting through 1964, produced “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)” from High Noon, the 1952 Oscar winner for Best Song, and the title songs from Return to Paradise and The High and the Mighty (1954), and Wild Is the Wind (1957), nominated for an Oscar. Many of their other songs were also nominated for Oscars. The pair also composed the theme song for TV’s Rawhide.

Another collaboration with Victor Young produced many great tunes, foremost among them three great jazz standards, “(I Don’t Stand A) Ghost of a Chance” (1933) on which Washington collaborated with Bing Crosby on the lyrics, “Stella By Starlight” from The Uninvited (1944), and the title song from My Foolish Heart (1949), nominated for an Oscar.

- Sandra Burlingame


I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

Tommy Dorsey & Orchestra



Smoke Rings

Glen Gray, Casa Loma Orchestra



The Nearness of You

Red Garland



Nearness of You

Helen Merrill



The Nearness of You

Bennie Wallace



Wild Is the Wind

Nina Simone



Beautiful Love

Jay Clayton/Fred Hersch Includes "Wild Is the Wind"



On Green Dolphin Street

Miles Davis



Stella By Starlight

Great Jazz Trio



Stella by Starlight

Stan Getz



My Foolish Heart

Don Friedman



Let It Happen

Janis Mann (Includes "My Foolish Heart")



My Foolish Heart

Eddie Higgins, Scott Hamilton



Nearness of You: The Ballad Book

Michael Brecker
Reading and Viewing

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Marion Darlington, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett, Don Brodie, Charles Judels

Pinocchio (Disney Gold Classic Collection)

Walt Disney Video

DVD


Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly

High Noon (1952)

DVD


John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris

The High and the Mighty

Paramount

DVD


Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood

Rawhide

Paramount

DVD - The Complete First Season


Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward

My Foolish Heart

Hbo Home Video

VHS


Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Gail Russell

The Uninvited

Universal Studios

VHS


Gary Cooper, Barry Jones, Roberta Haynes, Moira Walker, John Hudson

Return to Paradise (1953)

MGM (Video & DVD)

VHS

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