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HAROLD ARLEN  - COMPOSER

The popular song composer, film score composer and boyhood friend of George Gershwin gives a first edition of the Simon and Schuster The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book to friends. He writes, Merry Christmas To John & Dee Dee, Love Anya and Harold.  The Simon and Schuster, New York publication was printed in a luxury printing in a slip cover on heavy parchment paper stock in 1960.  Ira Gershwin wrote the forward and it contains a compendium of Gershwin piano-vocal songs from his Broadway Musicals and “Porgy and Bess”.

 

Hyman Arluck (1905-1986) was born in Buffalo a twin, to a religious family, his father a local cantor. (His twin did not survive the birth.)  He joined his father’s choir, learned music and began his musical career as a nightclub and steamboat pianist. He moved to New York City in the 1920’s and played piano in Vaudeville orchestras, jazz clubs and also arranged music. He changed his name to Harold Arlen in 1928.  His first hit “Get Happy” was written with Ted Koehler and echoed evangelical revival wording was a huge hit when they released it in 1929 and now remains a standard.  Naturally gifted he wrote and endless number of big hit songs for Tin Pan Alley publishers, many first performed at the Cotton Club in New York City, “Stormy Weather”, “Down with Love”, “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues”, “It was Written in the Stars”, “I’ve Got the World on a String”, “Last Night When We Were Young”, “Let’s Fall in Love”, “Lydia the Tatooed Lady”, “One More For My Baby (One More for the Road)” and “That Old Black Magic” were huge hits written with Koehler, Yarburg, Mercer and others.  His biggest hit “Over the Rainbow” was written when he scored “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939.  Additionally he wrote several Broadway Musicals including: “Bloomer Girl”, “St. Louis Woman”, “House of Flowers” and “Mr. Emperium” for bass Ezio Pinza.

 

Gershwin and Arlen were friends from his early Vaudeville days in the 1920’s.  Broadway composer Alec Wilder was quoted in his autobiography, I respect Gershwin but I revere Arlen”.

 

Arlen’s married his wife Anya in 1937.  A Powers model, she was the love of his life.  She had a brake down in 1951 and was committed to an asylum.  She was released in 1958.  Her passing in 1970 due to a brain tumor was a breaking point for him and followed him the rest of his life.

 

The score is in fine condition save a slight separation a corner of the spine which does not effect the book, or the contents inside.  A few small nicks on the slip case.