More Than Youmans
From ‘Carioca’ to ‘Orchids In The Moonlight’ , we have mixed 20 ‘Jazz‘ tunes written or co-written by ‘Vincent Youmans‘. It has Blossom Dearie, Dave Brubeck, Tommy Dorsey, Sonny Criss and many more.
Wikipedia: He dropped out from school to become a runner for a Wall Street brokerage firm before he was drafted to fight in World War I. He took an interest in the theatre when he produced troop shows for the Navy.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame : Returning to the States in 1918, Youmans began working on Tin Pan Alley first as a song plugger for TB Harms Company and then as a rehearsal pianist for famed composer Victor Herbert’s operettas.
info.net : Tragically, his career was shortened when he contracted tuberculosis and, in 1934, entered a Denver sanitarium. He was able to leave the sanitarium periodically, but his musical endeavors became limited.
Answers.com : The biggest musical comedy success of the 1920s was his No, No, Nanette (1925), whose songs included “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tea for Two.” Oh, Please! (1926) offered “I Know That You Know,” while from the far more successful Hit the Deck! (1927) came “Hallelujah” and “Sometimes I’m Happy.
NationMaster : Eventually, when Youmans decided to retire and collect his insurance, he learned that the insurance companies would not pay off unless Youmans was physically incapable of earning a living: as long as his songs were performed or published, Youmans would not be deemed incapacitated.
Oldies.com : OApparently disenchanted with Broadway, Youmans moved to Hollywood and wrote his only major original film score for Flying Down To Rio (1933). Celebrated as the film that brought Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers together as a dance team, the musical numbers, with lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu, consisted of “The Carioca”, “Orchids In the Moonlight”, “Music Makes Me’, and the peppy title number.