From ‘An Affair to Remember’ to ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’, we have mixed 20 ‘Good Old Fashioned Jazz‘ tunes written or co-written by ‘Harry Warren‘. It has Ethel Waters, Jimmy Noone, Julie London, Betty Roche and many more.
Harry Warren Web Site: Numbers vary from source to source (most sources say 311 or 350), but my records show that he wrote more than 500 songs for no less than 115 different movies from 1928 through 1981. Of those, 42 songs written between 1935 through 1950 placed in the top ten on the popular radio program, Your Hit Parade.
Harry Warren Music.com : The World’s First “Gold Record” (actually pressed onto a gold disc) was presented to Glenn Miller by RCA Records in 1941, after his recording of Harry’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” sold 1.2 million records. Glenn Miller’s recordings of “At Last”, “I Know Why, (and so do you)”,” I Wish I Knew”, “Devil May Care”, “Serenade in Blue”, “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo”, and “People like You and Me” –all composed by Harry– helped considerably in catapulting Miller’s band to the top of the “Big Bands” of the forties
PBS : Warren was the son of Italian immigrants Antonio and Rachel Deluca Guaragna, who settled in Brooklyn. His father, a bootmaker, legally changed the family name to Warren when he was a child.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame : In 1933 Harry was hired to work with Al Dubin on Warner Brothers’ 42nd Street. This movie introduced the songs “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “You’re Getting To Be a Habit With Me.” During the rest of the decade, Warren wrote some 20 musicals with Dubin
Allmovie : Harry Warren’s one chance for latter-day adulation was squelched when producer David Merrick, utilizing over a dozen Warren songs for his 1983 Broadway musical 42nd Street, perversely refused to put Warren’s name on the advertising or in the programs!
IMDB : in “America’s Foremost Composer (1933)” (the above short movie), the Vitaphone shorts provided exposure for studio contract artists and performers, and also gave the technicians extra work and a chance to experiment: during the rendition of “Shadow Waltz” there’s artsy lighting with silhouettes and such.