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Name: Richard A. Whiting  
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Date of Birth: 12th November 1891
Place of Birth: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Profession: Composer
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Richard A. Whiting (November 12, 1891-February 10, 1938) was a writer of popular songs.

He was born in Peoria, Illinois. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles, California. Upon his graduation, Whiting began his career as a staff writer for various music publishers. In 1912, he became a personal manager.

In 1919, he moved to Hollywood and wrote a number of film scores. He wrote music, collaborating with such lyricists as BG DeSylva, Ray Egan, Johnny Mercer, Neil Moret, Leo Robin, Gus Kahn, and Sidney Clare, to produce a number of hits (listed below). He also wrote a number of scores for Broadway plays.

He was the father of singer/actress Margaret Whiting and actress Barbara Whiting Smith.

He died in Beverly Hills, California. He was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1970.

Film scores

  • Innocents of Paris
  • Dance of Life
  • Monte Carlo
  • Safety in Numbers
  • The Playboy of Paris
  • Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
  • One Hour With You
  • Adorable
  • Big Broadcast of 1936
  • Varsity Show
  • Ready, Willing and Able
  • Hollywood Hotel
  • Cowboy from Brooklyn

Broadway show scores

  • Toot Sweet
  • George White’s Scandals of 1919
  • Take a Chance

Hit songs

  • (They Made it Twice as Nice as Paradise) and They Called it Dixieland
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Some Sunday Morning
  • It’s Tulip Time in Holland
  • Where the Morning Glories Grow
  • Where the Black-Eyed Susans Grow
  • Japanese Sandman
  • Sleepy-time Gal
  • Ain’t We Got Fun
  • Honey
  • Breezin’ Along With the Breeze
  • Horses
  • It’s a Habit of Mine
  • Beyond the Blue Horizon
  • Eadie Was a Lady
  • On the Good Ship Lollipop
  • Sentimental and Melancholy
  • Too Marvelous for Words
  • Love is on the Air Tonight
  • Silhouetted in the Moonlight
  • You’ve Got Something There
  • Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride

External references

  • Songwriters' Hall of Fame page on Whiting
  • Big Bands Database page on Whiting

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