OFAM 2019
Drum Boogie
Harold Arlen
(1905-1986)
Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music, with a catalog of over 400 songs. His 1938 song "Over the Rainbow” was voted the 20th century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Arlen was born Hymen Arluck, the son of a synagogue cantor, in Buffalo, New York. He grew up in Buffalo attending public schools and private music study. By age 7 he was singing in his father’s synagogue chore and by age 15 he had become a professional pianist and entertainer in night clubs and lake steamers. In his late teens he organized The Snappy Trio, which later became The Southbound Shufflers, and the trio found its way to New York City. In Manhattan, Arlen found a home as a singer, pianist and arranger with dance bands and eventually with Arnold Johnson’s pit orchestra for the Broadway revue George White’s Scandals of 1928. Arlen appeared at the Palace Theatre in New York and did several tours with Loew’s vaudeville circuit.
Arlen continued to work on Broadway writing songs for musicals 9:15 Revue, Earl Carroll Vanities (1930 and 1932), Americana, George White’s Music Hall Varieties, and The Show is On. He also wrote entire scores for the Broadway shows You Said It, Cotton Club Parade, Life Begins at 8:40, Hooray For What, Bloomer Girl, St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica, Saratoga and Free and Easy. He was also active in Hollywood producing some of the greatest film musicals of the era including The Wizard of Oz, Let’s Fall In Love, Blues In the Night, Star Spangled Rhythm, Cabin In the Sky, Up in Arms, Kismet, My Blue Heaven, Gay Purr-ee, Down Among the Sheltering Palms and A Star if Born.
Arlen collaborated with many Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood lyricists, including E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Johnny Mercer, Ted Koehler, Leo Robin, Ira Gershwin, and Dorothy Fields.
Arlen died in New York City on April 23, 1986.
Artwork
 Get Happy!
(1930) Nine-Fifteen (9:15) Revue
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Sweet And Hot
(1930) You Said It
Words by Jack Yellen - Music by Harold Arlen
 Hittin' The Bottle
(1930) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 1930
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
(1931) Rhyth-mania
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Minnie The Moocher's Wedding Day
(1932) Cotton Club Parade, 20th Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 I've Got The World On A String
(1932) Cotton Club Show, 21st Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
(1932) Earl Carroll's Vanities, 1932
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Kickin' the Gong Around
(1932) Rhyth-mania
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Music Music Everywhere
(1932)
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Happy As The Day Is Long
(1933) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Raisin' The Rent
(1933) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 The Wail of the Reefer Man
(1933)
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Stormy Weather
(1933) Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933)
Words by Yip Harburg, Billy Rose - Music by Harold Arlen
 As Long As I Live
(1934) Cotton Club Parade, 24th Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Ill Wind
(1934) Cotton Club Parade, 24th Edition
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Let's Fall In Love
(1934) Let's Fall In Love
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 Quartet Erotica
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40
 Shoein' The Mare
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40
 Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
(1934) Life Begins At 8:40
 I Love To Singa!
(1936) The Singing Kid
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Last Night When We Were Young
(1937)
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Down With Love
(1937) Hooray For Love
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree
(1937) Hooray For What!
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 God's Country
(1938) Babes In Arms
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Lydia, The Tattooed Lady
(1939) At The Circus
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Over The Rainbow
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 If I Only Had A Brain
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 We're Off To See The Wizard
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 The Merry Old Land Of Oz
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Follow The Yellow Brick Road
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Lions, Tigers And Bears Oh My!
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 If I Were King Of The Forest
(1939) The Wizard Of Oz
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Blues In The Night
(1941) Blues In The Night
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 When The Sun Comes Out
(1941)
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 This Time The Dream's On Me
(1941) Blues In The Night
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Hit The Road To Dreamland
(1942) Star Spangled Rhythm
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 That Old Black Magic
(1942) Star Spangled Rhythm
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Long before You Came Along
(1942) Rio Rita
Words by E. Y. Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Tess's Torch Song
(1943) Up In Arms
Words by Ted Koehler - Music by Harold Arlen
 My Shining Hour
(1943) The Sky's The Limit
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 One For My Baby
(1943) The Sky's The Limit
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe
(1943) Cabin In The Sky
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
(1944) Here Come The Waves
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Out Of This World
(1945) Out Of This World
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Somewhere Over A Barrel
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson - Music by Harold Arlen
 I Had A Phone
(1945) Dick Tracey In B flat
Words by Meredith Willson - Music by Harold Arlen
 June Comes Around Every Year
(1945) Out Of This World
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Ridin' On The Moon
(1946)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Come Rain Or Come Shine
(1946) St. Louis Woman
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Harold Arlen
 Hooray For Love
(1948) Casbah
Words by Leo Robin - Music by Harold Arlen
 My Love An' My Mule
(1951) Mr. Imperium
Words by Dorothy Fields - Music by Harold Arlen
 Gotta Have Me Go With You
(1954) A Star Is Born
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harold Arlen
 Dissertation On The State of Bliss
(1954) The Country Girl
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harold Arlen
 The Man That Got Away
(1954) A Star Is Born
Words by Ira Gershwin - Music by Harold Arlen
 A Sleepin' Bee
(1954) House Of Flowers
Words by Truman Capote - Music by Harold Arlen
 Don't Like Goodbyes
(1955) House Of Flowers
Words by Truman Capote - Music by Harold Arlen
 Leave Da Atom Alone
(1958) Jamaica
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
 Napoleon
(1958) Jamaica
Words by Yip Harburg - Music by Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen is featured in these OFAM 2019 Might As Well Be Swing events:
Wednesday Jul 24
1:00 pmSing-Along 1
Friday Jul 26
8:00 pmDrum Boogie: The Swing drummers
Saturday Jul 27
1:00 pmSlipped Disc: Small Group Swing
8:00 pmMoonlight Serenade: Swing & WWII
Sunday Jul 28
4:00 pmSwing's The Thing: The Jazz Party
Wednesday Jul 31
8:00 pmSlipped Disc: Small Group Swing
Thursday Aug 1
1:00 pmDrum Boogie: The Swing drummers
Saturday Aug 3
1:00 pmMoonlight Serenade: Swing & WWII

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