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Leo Robin


Lyricist, Composer, Reporter, Publicist

(1900 - 1984)

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Leo Robin studied law and drama, harboring a secret ambition to be a playwright, but he became a first-rate lyricist instead. In 1927 he enjoyed his first Broadway success with Hit the Deck, musicby Vincent Youmans. “Hallelujah” and “Sometimes I’m Happy” were hits from the show to which he and Clifford Grey added lyrics. The musical spawned two films.

In 1928 Robin went to Hollywood and collaborated on over 100 movies. He and Richard Whiting wrote “Louise” (1929) and, with Newell Chase, “My Ideal” (1930), both famously sung by Maurice Chevalier in films. They also wrote “Beyond the Blue Horizon” with W. Frank Harling, which Jeanette MacDonald introduced in Monte Carlo (1930). “Prisoner of Love,” which Robin wrote with Russ Colombo and Clarence Gaskill (1931), enjoyed a second life as a hit for Perry Como in 1946.

The 1934 film, Here Is My Heart featuring Bing Crosby, produced three winning songs: “June in January,” “With Every Breath I Take,” and “Love Is Just Around the Corner,” written with Lewis Gensler. “Love...” spent several weeks on the charts and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the ‘50s when it was recorded by the Four Freshmen.

Robin’s songs were ten times nominated for Oscars, winning for “Thanks for the Memories” written with Ralph Rainger for The Big Broadcast of 1938. Introduced by Bob Hope, the song was adopted as his signature tune. Another of their songs, “Love in Bloom” (1934), became Jack Benny’s theme song, and Bing Crosby sang “June in January”(1934) and “Blue Hawaii” (1937) in films. “If I Should Lose You” from the 1936 film Rose of the Rancho, entered the jazz standards category as a favorite of both instrumentalists and vocalists. But the pair’s most enduring song is “Easy Living” (1937), made famous by Billie Holiday.

Robin’s other collaborations include Jerome Kern (“In Love in Vain,” 1934); Arthur Schwartz (“A Rainy Night in Rio,” 1946); Schwartz and Johnny Mercer (“A Gal in Calico,” 1947); Harold Arlen (“For Every Man There’s a Woman,” 1948); and Harry Warren (“Zing a Little Zong,” 1952).

In 1949 he and Jule Styne scored the huge Broadway success, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with its hit song, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” sung by Carol Channing and later by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film. He retired after rewriting My Sister Eileen as a movie musical with Styne in 1955.

- Sandra Burlingame


The Girl in Pink Tights (1954 Original Broadway Cast)

Sigmund Romberg, Leo Robin, Jeanmaire, Charles Goldner



Louise

Maurice Chevalier



The Four Freshmen - Capitol Collectors Series

The Four Freshmen Includes "Love Is Just Around the Corner"



Easy Living

Paul Desmond



Falling in Love Is Wonderful

Jimmy Scott Includes "If I Should Lose You"



The Man I Love

Peggy Lee Includes "If I Should Lose You"



Soul Station

Hank Mobley Includes "If I Should Lose You"



Thanks for the Memory - Songs of Leo Robin

Susannah Mccorkle



Love Songs

Billie Holiday Includes "Easy Living"
Reading and Viewing

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Marilyn Monroe/Jane Russell

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

DVD


Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon

My Sister Eileen (1955)

DVD


W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Dorothy Lamour, Shirley Ross, Lynne Overman

The Big Broadcast of 1938 / College Swing Double Feature

Universal Studios

DVD - Introduced "Thanks for the Memory"


W.C. Fields, Martha Raye, Bob Hope

The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

VHS - Introduced "Thanks for the Memory"


Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn, J. Carrol Naish

Hit the Deck

MGM (Video & DVD)

VHS


Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye

Waikiki Wedding

Universal Studios

VHS - Introduced "Blue Hawaii"

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