Born: February 15, 1905, Buffalo, New York
Died: April 23, 1986, New York, New York
This chapter examines the work of Harold Arlen. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Arlen was the son of a cantor, whose melodic and colorful improvisatory style was to have a tremendous influence on Arlen’s work. But Arlen’s interest was firmly rooted in popular music. By the age of fourteen he was playing piano in Buffalo gin mills with his band, Hyman Arluck’s Snappy Trio. He spent the early 1920s as a pianist and vocalist, arriving in New York in 1925. His first three published pieces were piano solos, starting with the 1926 Minor Gaff (Blues Fantasy) (by Harold Arluck and Dick George).
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