Whiting, Richard A., 1891-1938

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Richard A. Whiting was a prominent music composer for Hollywood and Broadway productions from the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1891, Whiting married Eleanore Youngblood in 1923. The couple had two daughters, pop vocalist Margaret Whiting and singer/actress Barbara Whiting. Over his career on Broadway and in Hollywood, Whiting collaborated with many of the music industry's most celebrated lyricists including Gus Kahn, Ray Egan, Buddy DeSylva, Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Johnny Mercer. In Hollywood, Whiting produced over 50 hits in less than a decade, before his death in 1938.

His best known works include:⁰́₋Ain't We Got Fun?⁰́₊ (1921, Ray Egan/Gus Khan ), ⁰́₋She's Funny That Way⁰́₊ (1928, Neil Moret), ⁰́₋Beyond the Blue Horizon⁰́₊ (1930, W. Franke Harling/Leo Robin), ⁰́₋One Hour with You⁰́₊ (1932, Leo Robin), ⁰́₋On the Good Ship Lollipop⁰́₊ (1934, Sidney Clare), ⁰́₋Too Marvelous for Words⁰́₊ (1937, Johnny Mercer) and ⁰́₋Hooray for Hollywood⁰́₊ (1938, Johnny Mercer).

From the description of Richard A. Whiting collection, 1896-2006. (Georgia State University). WorldCat record id: 192007538

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Amsden, Arthur. Hoyt Public Library sheet music collection, ca. 1893-1942. Public Libraries of Saginaw
creatorOf Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985. Sound Recordings, ca. 1920s. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Smith, R. Grant, 1931-. R. Grant Smith sheet music collection, 1876-1981. Public Libraries of Saginaw
referencedIn ACHAC collection, 1880-ca. 1975 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Whiting, Richard A., 1891-1938. Laughing our way thru love : Humpty Dumpty / by B.G. De Silva, Richard A. Whiting, Nacio Herb Brown. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958 (bulk 1890-1940). Library of Congress
creatorOf Whiting, Richard A., 1891-1938. Richard A. Whiting collection, 1896-2006. Georgia State University
referencedIn African-American related sheet music and sheet music written by African-Americans, 1851-1974 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Edison Sheet Music Collection, 1830-1958, (bulk 1890-1940) Library of Congress. Music Division
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associatedWith Association Connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine (ACHAC) corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Nacio Herb, 1896-1964. person
associatedWith De Sylva, B. G. (Buddy Gard), 1896-1950. person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976. person
associatedWith Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith PaxWin Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, R. Grant, 1931- person
associatedWith Thomas A. Edison, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Whiting, Margaret. person
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Popular music--20th century
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Popular music--Writing and publishing


Birth 1891-11-12

Death 1938-02-10




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