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date: 10 July 2020

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  • Andrew Lamb

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(b London, Dec 21, 1905; d New York, Nov 3, 1958. American songwriter and pianist of English birth. He toured Europe in dance orchestras and composed music for shows in Paris, Copenhagen, Vienna, Berlin and London, before moving in 1929 to New York. There he became an accompanist for the vaudevillian Mack Gordon (b Warsaw, Poland, 21 June 1904; d New York, 1 March 1959), with whom he formed a songwriting partnership. They contributed items to several Broadway revues, notably the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, and then became a highly successful team in Hollywood, first for Paramount (1933–6) and then for 20th Century-Fox (1936–8). During this period they wrote songs for several popular films, including all those starring Shirley Temple, producing such standards as Did you ever see a dream walking? (1934), Paris in the Spring (1935), You hit the spot...

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