Harold Arlen

American composer of popular music (1905-1986)

Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck; February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer.[2] He composed over 500 songs. He is known for composing the songs for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow".[3][4] Arlen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1939.

Harold Arlen
Portrait of Harold Arlen (cropped).jpg
Arlen in 1960
Born
Hyman Arluck

(1905-02-15)February 15, 1905
DiedApril 23, 1986(1986-04-23) (aged 81)
Cause of deathCancer
Spouse(s)
Anya Taranda
(m. 1937; died 1970)
ChildrenAdopted his brother's son in 1985[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jablonski, Edward (1996). Harold Arlen: Rhythm, Rainbows, and Blues. University Press of New England. p. 360. ISBN 978-1555532635.
  2. Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 50. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  3. "Honors & Awards". Haroldarlen.com. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  4. "New song list puts 'Rainbow' way up high – CNN". Archives.cnn.com. March 7, 2001. Archived from the original on July 7, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2012.