- Marcello Piras
(b New York, NY, Dec 27, 1902; d New York, April 2, 1982). American songwriter and lyricist. He wrote his first published song, “Heart Sickness Blues” (1918), while in high school; his first hit was “Grieving for you” (1920). He contributed to Artists and Models revues, founded a publishing house, and sang on several records. In 1929 he moved to Hollywood. He was the first Broadway songwriter hired by Paramount and often worked with the composer Arthur Johnston. His other partners included Hoagy Carmichael, J. Fred Coots, Sammy Fain, Wilhelm Grosz, Friedrich Hollaender, Burton Lane, Ralph Rainger, Sigmund Romberg, Jimmy Van Heusen, Richard A. Whiting, and Harry Woods. His songs include “True Blue Lou” (1929), “Sing, you Sinners” (1930), “Just one more Chance” (1931), “The Day you Came Along” (1932), “Moon Song” (1932), “Learn to Croon” (...