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Original Black & White Photograph of Film and Broadway Composer and Songwriter, Harold Arlen, and His Wife, Anya. From the Collection of Ira Gershwin


Published by 7 3/4Ó x 9 3/4Ó (circa 1930s), 1930
Soft cover
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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The photograph shows Harold Arlen and his lovely wife Anya in a casual home setting, he in a leather armchair, pipe in hand, and she, at his side. This photo was from Ira GershwinÕs collection. Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986) grew up in a musically talented family and, as the son of a cantor, also sang in his fatherÕs synagogue, then, turned his sights toward a more popular medium and joined a jazz trio and followed the vaudeville circuit, honing his gifts. In 1927 his songwriting career took off with the classic Broadway tune, ÔGet Happy,Õ from the Ô9:15 Revue.Õ His Broadway musicals include such hits as St. Louis Woman, Vanities, and House of Flowers. His many popular songs include ÔStormy Weather,Õ ÔItÕs Only a Paper Moon,Õ ÔI Love a Parade,Õ ÔThat Old Black Magic,Õ ÔBlues In the Night,Õ and ÔOne for My Baby (and One More for the Road)Õ. In 1939 Arlen won an Oscar for Best Song for the classic song sung by Judy Garland, ÔOver the Rainbow,Õ in the film The Wizard of Oz, for which he also contributed ÔDing Dong the Witch Is Dead,Õ ÔFollow the Yellow Brick Road,Õ ÔIf I Only Had a Brain,Õ etc. He also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for ÔNow I KnowÕ in the film Up In Arms with Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Constance Dowling, and Dana Andrews. Bookseller Inventory # 16451E

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Title: Original Black & White Photograph of Film ...

Publisher: 7 3/4Ó x 9 3/4Ó (circa 1930s)

Publication Date: 1930

Binding: Soft cover

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