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Richard Rodgers

Richard Charles Rodgers

Composer, Lyricist, Author, Musical Theater Director

(1902 - 1979)

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Richard Rodgers began composing at nine and became one of America’s most revered songwriters. His collaboration with Lorenz “Larry” Hart began in 1919 and lasted until Hart’s death in 1943. The success of Garrick Gaieties in 1925 with numbers such as “Manhattan” and ”Mountain Greenery” started a string of hits from The Girl Friend (1926) to America’s Sweetheart (1931).

In 1931 they went to Hollywood to write for such talents as Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, and Al Jolson. They rereleased “Blue Moon” with new lyrics, and it became a million seller and a big hit for the Casa Loma orchestra in 1935.

The team returned to Broadway with two successes in 1936, one of which, On Your Toes, included Rodgers’ ballet, “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” 1937’s Babes in Arms produced half a dozen hit songs such as “Where or When,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and the intervening years brought more. But in 1940 the team shocked Broadway with the harsh realism of Pal Joey although the show produced the popular “I Could Write a Book” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Their last show was By Jupiter (1942).

Rodgers began the second stage of his remarkable career teaming with Oscar Hammerstein II for 1943’s smash hit Oklahoma! which ran on Broadway for six years. They won an Academy Award for “It Might As Well Be Spring” from the 1944 film State Fair. Giant successes followed, although all of the productions dealt with sensitive subjects uncommon to Broadway: Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), and The King and I (1951). Their partnership ended with Hammerstein’s death in 1960 but not before they scored another prize, The Sound of Music (1959).

In the third stage of his career Rodgers wrote both music and lyrics for No Strings (1962) and collaborated on shows with Stephen Sondheim (1965) and Martin Charnin (1970). In 1960 he wrote the background music for a second TV series, Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years, having scored the 26-episode Victory at Sea in 1952.

The Rodgers songs that have entered the jazz standards repertoire are too numerous to mention but they include “Isn’t It Romantic,” “My Romance,” “My Heart Stood Still,” “You Took Advantage of Me,” “Little Girl Blue,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” and the song that John Coltrane made famous, “My Favorite Things.”

Rodgers received over 50 significant awards during his lifetime, including two Pulitzer Prizes, and after his death a Broadway theater was named for him.

- Sandra Burlingame

A Richard Rodgers Centennial Celebration

Various Artists

With A Song In My Heart: The Rodgers & Hart Songbook

Wesla Whitfield, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers

Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers

Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers

Sings Fred Astaire

Mel Torme Includes "Mountain Greenery"

Where or When

Lin Halliday

My Funny Valentine

Chet Baker

My Funny Valentine

Miles Davis

It Might as Well Be Spring

Ike Quebec

Sings It Might as Well Be Spring

Sarah Vaughan

I Could Write A Book: The Music Of Richard Rodgers

George Coleman

I Could Write a Book

Miles Davis

Pal Joey: Highlights From The Original 1980 London Cast Recording

Lorenz Hart

Little Girl Blue

Nina Simone

Victory At Sea: Music From The Award Winning Television Series

Richard Rodgers (Composer and Conductor)

My Romance

Houston Person

My Favorite Things

John Coltrane
Reading and Viewing

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Meryle Secrest

Somewhere for Me: A Biography of Richard Rodgers


Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers

Musical Stages: An Autobiography

Da Capo Press

Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame

Oklahoma! (1955)


Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones

Carousel (1956)


Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner

The King and I (1956)


Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor

South Pacific (1958)


Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

Pal Joey

Sony Pictures



Victory at Sea

St Clair Vision


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