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Mack Gordon

Morris Gittler

Lyricist, Composer

(1904 - 1959)

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Mack Gordon emigrated to New York with his Polish parents when he was four. He began in vaudeville but turned to songwriting in the early ‘20s, becoming a prolific and successful lyricist. He collaborated with English pianist/composer Harry Revel on “You Made Me Love You” for Zeigfeld Follies of 1931. After two more stage shows they went to Hollywood in 1933 where they enjoyed success in 1934 with “Stay As Sweet as You Are” from College Rhythm and “Let’s K-nock K-neez,” which they contributed to The Gay Divorcee. In 1937 Alice Faye sang, “There’s a Lull in My Life” in Wake up and Live, and Teddy Wilson’s cover took it to the number two song.

Gordon established his second and highly successful collaboration with Harry Warren in 1940. Their title song for Down Argentine Way was nominated for an Oscar (1940). They scored two films for Glenn Miller’s Band, Sun Valley Serenade, which produced “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” (1941), and Orchestra Wives, which included “At Last,” “Serenade in Blue,” and “I Had a Gal in Kalamazoo” (1942). “You’ll Never Know” won the Oscar in 1943, the same year they wrote their most enduring standard, “There Will Never Be Another You.” They also wrote “I Had the Craziest Dream” (1942) and “The More I See You” (1945).

Gordon received a total of nine Academy nominations for Best Song, two of them with composer Josef Myrow for “You Do” (1947) and “Wilhelmina” (1950). The pair also wrote the highly popular “You Make Me Feel So Young” (1946), which became associated with Frank Sinatra.

Gordon had hits with other collaborators: “Time on My Hands” (1930) with Harold Adamson and Vincent Youmans, “I Can’t Begin to Tell You” (1945) with James V. Monaco, “Mam’selle,” written as the theme for The Razor’s Edge (1944) with Edmund Goulding, and “Through a Long and Sleepless Night,” an Oscar nominee from Come to the Stable (1949) written with Alfred Newman.

- Sandra Burlingame


Best of Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra

Teddy Wilson Includes "There's a Lull in My Life"



At Last!

Etta James



Classic Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Includes "You Make Me Feel So Young"



You'll Never Know

Alice Faye



There Will Never Be Another You

Dexter Gordon



There Will Never Be Another You

Maxine Sullivan



Time on My Hands

John Scofield



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

Four Freshmen Includes "Mam'selle" and "There Will Never..."



Rose Of Washington Square (1939 Film) / The Dolly Sisters (1945 Film) / Gold Diggers Of 1933 (1933 Film) [3 on 1]

Harry Revel, Mack Gordon, Harry Warren, Al Dubin
Reading and Viewing

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Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

The Gay Divorcee

Turner Home Ent

DVD


Sonja Henie, John Payne, Glenn Miller, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari

Sun Valley Serenade

20th Century fox

DVD


George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lynn Bari

Orchestra Wives

20th Century Fox

DVD


Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb

The Razor's Edge

20th Century Fox

DVD


Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, Elsa Lanchester, Thomas Gomez

Come to the Stable

DVD


Betty Grable, Don Ameche

Down Argentine Way (1940)

VHS


John Payne, Sonja Henie Glenn Miller

Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

VHS

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