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Arthur Johnston

Pianist, Composer, Musical Director

(1898 - 1954)

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Arthur Johnston was born in New York City and started out professionally playing piano for silent films. He would later become Irving Berlin’s pianist and musical director of stage production. Johnston moved to Hollywood in the late 20’s and initially found success arranging the score for Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. He went on to contribute to dozens of film scores, often collaborating with Johnny Burke and Sam Coslow, producing such hits as, “Moon Song (That Wasn’t Meant For Me)” (1933), “Cocktails For Two” (1934), “My Old Flame” (1934), “Pennies from Heaven” (1936), “All You Want to Do Is Dance” (1937) and “Song of the South” (1946).

- Jeremy Wilson

Cocktails for Two

Art Tatum

Quartet Live, Vol. 3: My Old Flame

Chet Baker

My Old Flame

Miles Davis

My Old Flame

Stan Getz

Pennies from Heaven

Louis Armstrong

Pennies From Heaven

Jimmy Dorsey

Pennies from Heaven

Various Artists
Reading and Viewing

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Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow

Cocktails for Two (Piano Duet Series for Four Hands)

Famous Music Corporation

Roger Pryor

Belle of The Nineties [Mae West and Roger Pryor]

DVD Introduced "My Old Flame"

Charles Chaplin

City Lights (1931)


Pennies From Heaven (1981)


Disney Sing-Along

Disney's Sing-A-Long Songs - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Walt Disney Video

VHS Includes "Song of the South"

Kitty Carlisle, Duke Ellington, Victor McLaglen, Donald Meek, Jack Oakie, Ann Sheridan

Murder at the Vanities

Universal Studios

VHS Introduced "Cocktails for Two"

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