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Richard A. Whiting

Richard Armstrong Whiting (November 12, 1891 – February 19, 1938)[1] was an American composer of popular songs, including the standards "Hooray for Hollywood", "Ain't We Got Fun?" and "On the Good Ship Lollipop". He also wrote lyrics occasionally, and film scores most notably for the standard "She's Funny That Way".

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936 for "When Did You Leave Heaven" from the movie Sing, Baby Sing.


Richard Whiting was born in Peoria, Illinois, into a musical family. His father, Frank Whiting, was a real estate agent and gifted violinist; his mother Blossom was a piano teacher. Together they instilled a love of music in their son and worked towards nurturing his natural gift of piano playing. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles. Upon his graduation, Whiting started a vaudeville act with his college friend Marshall Neilan. The pair briefly toured the U.S. writing songs, singing, and playing the piano. Unfortunately neither one had the stage presence or singing talent to become full-time performers. They broke up the duo and went their separate ways: Neilan to Hollywood, where he would go on to be a very successful film director and actor, and Whiting to Detroit to try to jump-start a career as a professional songwriter. In 1913 Whiting began his career as a song plugger for Jerome H. Remick publishing company. Within a year he was the manager of the Detroit office, being paid US$25 per week. As an occasional talent scout, Whiting nurtured the careers of several songwriters from the day, most notably George Gershwin; Whiting heard Gershwin playing one day and gave him a job as a song plugger for Remick company. This act of kindness resulted in a lifelong friendship between the two powerhouse composers. To supplement his income at the time, Whiting worked with a local hotel's Hawaiian band, playing piano in light blackface, earning him an extra $10 a week.

In 1914 Whiting had his first two hit songs: "I Wonder Where My Lovin' Man Has Gone" and "It's Tulip Time in Holland." The latter song became a massive hit, selling over a million copies. Whiting received none of the royalties, however, having sold off the publishing rights to Remick in exchange for a Steinway Grand. During his time at Remick Whiting had a substantial output, mostly with former bank-clerk Ray Egan, including the beloved 1918 classic, "Till We Meet Again". The song quickly became the largest sheet music seller of all time, even today: at last count the song was said to have sold over 11 million copies. Other hit songs written by Whiting during his time at Remick include "Where the Black-Eyed Susans Grow" (1917), "The Japanese Sandman" (1920), "Bimini Bay" (1921, lyrics by Egan and Gus Kahn), "Ain't We Got Fun?" (1921, lyrics by Egan and Kahn) and "Ukulele Lady" (1925, lyrics by Kahn).

In 1929 Whiting moved to Hollywood, where there were more opportunities for songwriters during the Depression. In Hollywood he wrote a number of film scores and classic songs. With Johnny Mercer he wrote the theme song of Tinseltown, "Hooray for Hollywood", shortly before his death. During his career, Whiting collaborated with such songwriting giants as BG DeSylva, Johnny Mercer, Neil Moret, Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger, Gus Kahn, Oscar Hammerstein II, Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons, Nacio Herb Brown, Harry Akst, Walter Donaldson, Ray Egan, and Sidney Clare, to produce a number of hits (listed below). He also wrote a number of scores for Broadway plays.

 In the film, Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1932), a song performed by The Boswell Sisters, titled "Rock and Roll", written by Richard A. Whiting and Sidney Clare, is sometimes credited as the first use of that term. 

Whiting died from a heart attack in 1938 at the age of 46, at the height of his career. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1970. A tribute to Whiting's music, along with a medley of his best-known songs, formed part of the 1980 Broadway musical A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine. His Steinway grand piano was donated to the Great American Songbook Foundation by his granddaughter Debbi and can be seen on display.

Whiting was married to the former Eleanor Youngblood, a manager whose clients included Sophie Tucker. He was the father of singer/actress Margaret Whiting and actress Barbara Whiting Smith, and the grandson of Rep. Richard H. Whiting.

Film scores
Broadway show scores
  • Toot Sweet
  • George White's Scandals of 1919
  • Take a Chance which featured two major hits with music by Whiting "You're an Old Smoothie," and "Eadie Was a Lady"
Selected songs
  • 1916 "Coaling Up in Colon Town". L: Raymond Egan[2]
  • 1917 "Bravest Heart of All". L: Raymond Egan[2]
  • 1917 "I Wonder Where My Buddies Are To-Night". L: Raymond Egan and Billy Rose[2]
  • 1918 "Dress Up Your Dollars in Khaki (And Help Win Democracy's Fight)". L: Lister R. Alwood[2]
  • 1918 "I'll Love You More for Losing You a While". L: Raymond Egan[2]
  • 1919 "Eyes of the Army". L: Raymond Egan[2]
  • 1919 "Hand in Hand Again". L: Raymond Egan[2]
Free for All

Original Music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Act 1 consists of

  • "I Love Him, the Rat" sung by Anita Allen and Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford)
  • "Free For All" sung by Michael Byrne (a Radical Poet) and The Gang
  • "The Girl Next Door" sung by Anita Allen and Steve Potter, Jr. (Son of Stephen, Sr.)
  • "Living in Sin" sung by Gracie Maynard, Joan Summer (Youngest of the Gang), Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford) and Andy Bradford
  • "Just Eighteen" sung by Joan Summer (Youngest of the Gang) and Andy Bradford
  • "Not That I Care" sung by Anita Allen and Steve Potter, Jr. (Son of Stephen, Sr.)
  • "Slumber Song" Sung by Marishka Tarasov and Michael Byrne (a Radical Poet)

Act 2 consists of

  • "When Your Boy Becomes a Man" sung by Silver Dollar Kate and Anita Allen
  • "Tonight" sung by Marishka Tarasov and Anita Allen
  • "Nevada Moonlight" sung by Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford), Gracie Maynard and Ensemble

Richard Whiting was also referenced in the 1980 Broadway show a Day in Hollywood/ a Night in the Ukraine where a medley of his songs are performed in the first act. One of the actors comically portrays him during the song It All Comes Out of the Piano.

Hit songs
Notable Recordings

Frank Sinatra recorded Whiting's "Too Marvelous for Words" on his album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. Sinatra also recorded Whiting's "She's Funny That Way" on his album Nice 'n' Easy, and other songs such as "My Ideal".

Tony Bennett recorded many of Whiting's songs, such as "My Ideal" on his album Here's to the Ladies, "True Blue Lou" and "She's Funny That Way."

Margaret Whiting (his daughter) recorded and made famous several Whiting hits including "Guilty", "Too Marvelous for Words" and "Ain't We Got Fun?"

Other notable artists to record Whiting songs:

Modern Day Usage

In 2006 the film A Good Year starring Russel Crow and Marion Cotillard featured the song "Breezin' Along with the Breeze" with music by Whiting and lyrics by Haven Gillespie and Seymour Simons

In 2009 Renee Olstead used the song "Ain't We Got Fun" written by Whiting, Raymond B. Egan and Gus Kahn for her album Skylark

In 2010 the show Boardwalk Empire used the music from Whiting's "The Japanese Sandman" in the first 5 episodes of the show. A version with lyrics by Raymond B. Egan appeared in the show on October 24, 2010.

In 2010 Enrique Iglesias used a segment of "On the Good Ship Lollipop" written by Whiting and Sidney Clare for Bright Eyes in his YouTube video for the song "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)"

In 2011 Diet Coke used Whiting's music to the song "Hooray for Hollywood" in their Oscar commercial which played nationwide in movie theaters.

  1. "Richard Whiting, Writer of Popular Songs, Dies at 46". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 1938-02-19. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  2. Parker, Bernard S. (2007). World War I Sheet Music (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 59, 77, 117, 127, 209, 263, 277. ISBN 0-7864-2798-1.
  3. "Horses / words and music by Byron Gay and Richard A. Whiting. [music] / - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 2013-12-27.
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Richard A. Whiting


Richard Armstrong Whiting (November 12, 1891 – February 19, 1938) was an American composer of popular songs, including the standards " Hooray for Hollywood ", " Ain't We Got Fun? " and " On the Good Ship Lollipop ". He also wrote lyrics occasionally, and film scores most notably for the standard "She's Funny That Way". He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936 for "When Did You Leave Heaven" from the movie Sing, Baby Sing . Biography Richard Whiting was born in Peoria, Illinois , into a musical family. His father, Frank Whiting, was a real estate agent and gifted violinist; his mother Blossom was a piano teacher. Together they instilled a love of music in their son and worked towards nurturing his natural gift of piano playing. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles . Upon his graduation, Whiting started a vaudeville act with his college friend Marshall Neilan . The pair briefly toured the U.S. writing songs, singing, and playing the piano. Unfortunately neither one ...more...

Richard Whiting (abbot)


Blessed Richard Whiting (1461 – 15 November 1539) was an English clergyman and the last Abbot of Glastonbury . Whiting presided over Glastonbury Abbey at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536–1541) under King Henry VIII of England . The king had him executed after his conviction for treason for remaining loyal to Rome. He is considered a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church , which beatified him on 13 May 1895. Early life Whiting attended the University of Cambridge , graduating with an MA in 1483. Career View of Glastonbury Abbey from the former location of the North transept in East direction to the choir . Whiting was ordained deacon in 1500 and priest in 1501. After the death of the Abbot of Glastonbury, Richard Beere , in February 1525, the community elected his successor per formam compromissi, which elevates the selection to a higher ranking personage – in this case Cardinal Thomas Wolsey . Wolsey obtained King Henry's permission to act and chose Richard Whiting. The first ten years of W ...more...

Richard Whiting


Richard Whiting may refer to: Richard Whiting (abbot) (died 1539), last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey before the Dissolution of the Monasteries Richard A. Whiting (1891–1938), writer of popular songs, father of singer Margaret Whiting and actress Barbara Whiting Smith Richard H. Whiting (1826–1888), U.S. Representative from Illinois Richard Whiting (rugby league) (born 1984), English rugby league player Richard Whiting may refer to: Richard Whiting (abbot) (died 1539), last Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey before the Dissolution of the Monasteries Richard A. Whiting (1891–1938), writer of popular songs, father of singer Margaret Whiting and actress Barbara Whiting Smith Richard H. Whiting (1826–1888), U.S. Representative from Illinois Richard Whiting (rugby league) (born 1984), English rugby league player ...more...

Richard Whiting (rugby league)


Richard Whiting is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Toronto Wolfpack in the Kingstone Press Championship . Able to play in a variety of positions, he is considered a utility player. Previously playing in the Championship for Featherstone Rovers and the Leigh Centurions , he spent most of his professional career in Super League with Hull F.C. , with whom he won the 2005 Challenge Cup and was named Super League's Young Player of the Year in 2005. Early life Whiting was a promising association football player as a youngster and was signed to a scholarship with Barnsley FC as a 16-year-old before deciding to pursue a career in rugby league. Playing career Featherstone Rovers Whiting began his career with Featherstone Rovers in National League One , being named the league's Young Player of the Year in 2003, before moving to Super League club Hull. Hull Whiting playing for Hull FC Whiting joined Hull F.C. in 2004. In 2005 he made 24 appearances during the season and also won the lea ...more...

Leonard Whiting


Leonard Whiting (born 30 June 1950) is an English actor and singer who is best known for his role as Romeo in the 1968 Zeffirelli film version of Romeo and Juliet opposite Olivia Hussey's Juliet, a role which earned him the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. He was touted as a star in the making, the next Laurence Olivier and the next great British actor. Early life Whiting was born in the Wood Green area of London, England, the only son of Peggy Joyce (O'Sullivan) and Arthur Leonard Whiting. He has English, Irish and some Romani/Gypsy ancestry. Whiting attended the St. Richard of Chichester School, Camden Town, leaving just a week or two before beginning work on Romeo and Juliet (1968). Career Whiting was spotted by an agent at the Connaught Rooms where he was performing at a Jewish wedding at the age of 12. He only sang one song ("Summertime") which he had rehearsed as a one-off song with the group Teal Lewis and the Fourtunes, who were the entertainment for the evening. This was set ...more...

Cafe Hon


Cafe Hon is a restaurant in the Hampden area of Baltimore, Maryland , and the site of the annual HonFest every June. History Opened by Denise Whiting in 1992, Cafe Hon takes its name from a common term of endearment ( "hon" - an abbreviated version of the word "honey") used by Baltimore residents for years. In 2010, Whiting announced the opening of HONtown, a gift shop across the street from the restaurant. In 2014, the gift shop relocated to a smaller space next door to the restaurant. On February 24, 2012, Cafe Hon was featured in an episode of the Fox network's Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay . Flamingo In 2002, the distinct flamingo sculpture was introduced above the restaurant. The original flamingo was made of wire and cloth. In October 2009, the city of Baltimore announced the Cafe Hon had to either get a permit for the flamingo at a cost of $1300 for the first year and $800 each year thereafter or to take it down. The issue was that the flamingo protruded into the public right-of-way. The bir ...more...

Whiting, Indiana


Demographics (2010) White Black Asian 76.3% 3.5% 0.7% Islander Native Other Hispanic (any race) 0.0% 0.7% 18.8% 40.7% Whiting is a city located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in Lake County, Indiana , which was founded in 1889. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan . It is roughly 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and two miles from Chicago's South Side . Whiting is home to Whiting Refinery , the largest oil refinery in the Midwest . The population was 4,997 at the 2010 census . History A post office was first established at Whiting in 1871. Whiting was incorporated in 1895. The Hoosier Theater Building and Whiting Memorial Community House are listed in the National Register of Historic Places . Geography According to the 2010 census, Whiting has a total area of 3.229 square miles (8.36 km ), of which 1.8 square miles (4.66 km ) (or 55.74%) is land and 1.429 square miles (3.70 km ) (or 44.26%) is water. The Whiting post office (46394) serves not only the city of Whiting, but also the adja ...more...

Whiting (surname)


The surname Whiting is of Saxon origin meaning 'the white or fair offspring'. The Saxon suffix "-ing" denotes 'son of' or 'offspring'. It is a patronymic name from the Old English pre-7th Century 'Hwita' meaning 'the white' or 'fair one'. The surname first appears in documentation from the late 11th Century and has a number of variant forms ranging from 'Whiteing', and 'Whitting' to 'Witting'. However, the name was first found in Devon where it was seated both before and after the Norman Conquest. Persons In Great Britain, there are an estimated 3,169 with the surname Whiting. According to the 1990 U.S. Census, Whiting is the 2,565th most popular surname in the United States, carried by 0.005% of the population. Alan Whiting, British screenwriter Andrea Whiting, fictional character on the American soap opera Search for Tomorrow Ant Whiting, writer/producer signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing Arthur Batelle Whiting (1861–1936), American teacher, pianist, composer, and writer on music Barbara Whiting Sm ...more...

Guilty (Richard Whiting, Harry Akst and Gus Kahn song)


"Guilty" is a popular song published in 1931. The music was written by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst. The lyrics were written by Gus Kahn. The song was popularized by Margaret Whiting (Richard Whiting's daughter) and by Johnny Desmond in 1946. The Whiting recording was made on October 9, 1946, and released by Capitol Records (catalog number 324). It reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart. The Desmond recording was made on December 6, 1946, and released by RCA Victor (catalog number 20-2109). It reached No. 12 on the Billboard chart. An early version was featured on the soundtrack of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 film, Amélie, a Decca recording made on December 2, 1931 by Al Bowlly, a popular British singer of the thirties, accompanied by Roy Fox and his Orchestra. Al Bowlly also recorded the song on several other occasions. Other recordings were made by: Bing Crosby on November 7, 1931, recorded on radio, for Cremo Cigars Ruth Etting on September 1, 1931, originally issued on Columbia 2529-D (Matrix 151761 ...more...

Wendy Moten


Wendy Moten (born November 22, 1965, Memphis, Tennessee) is an American singer, best known for the single "Come In Out of the Rain", which was a No. 8 hit in the UK in February 1994. Early life and career Born in Memphis, Moten sang in church choirs as a child. Wendy attended Overton High School in Memphis, TN and sang in the nationally known Overton Choir under the direction of the late Lulah M. Hedgeman. She got her first break singing with Michael Bolton at a benefit concert; after signing with EMI, in 1992 she released her self-titled debut album and opened for Bolton on tour. Moten's biggest hit single was "Come in Out of the Rain", which, although a minor hit in 1993 on the Billboard Hot 100, was a No. 5 adult contemporary hit, and also reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 8 in 1994. A follow up single, "So Close to Love", reached No. 35 in the UK Top 40. In 2006, Moten sang back-up vocals on the Soul2Soul II Tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. She contributed backing v ...more...

Margaret Whiting


Margaret Eleanor Whiting (July 22, 1924 – January 10, 2011) was a singer of American popular music and country music who first made her reputation during the 1940s and 1950s. Biography Youth Whiting was born in Detroit , but her family moved to Los Angeles in 1929, when she was five years old. Her father, Richard , was a composer of popular songs, including the classics " Hooray for Hollywood ", " Ain't We Got Fun? ", and " On the Good Ship Lollipop ". Her sister, Barbara Whiting , was an actress ( Junior Miss , Beware, My Lovely ) and singer. An aunt, Margaret Young , was a singer and popular recording artist in the 1920s. In her childhood, Whiting's singing ability had already been noticed, and at the age of only seven she sang for singer-lyricist Johnny Mercer , with whom her father had collaborated on some popular songs ("Too Marvelous for Words"). In 1942, Mercer co-founded Capitol Records and signed Margaret to one of Capitol's first recording contracts. Recording career Whiting's first recordings were ...more...

Whiting Awards


The Whiting Award is an American award presented annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The award is sponsored by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and has been presented since 1985. As of 2007, winners receive US$50,000. The nominees are chosen through a juried process, and the final winners are selected by a committee of writers, scholars, and editors, selected each year by the Foundation. Writers cannot apply for the prize themselves, and the Foundation does not accept unsolicited nominations. Year Recipients 2017 Clare Barron, drama Jen Beagin, fiction Francisco Cantú, nonfiction Clarence Coo, drama Kaitlyn Greenidge, fiction Lisa Halliday, fiction James Ijames, drama Tony Tulathimutte, fiction Simone White, poetry Phillip B. Williams, poetry 2016 Brian Blanchfield, nonfiction J. D. Daniels, nonfiction LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, poetry Madeleine George, drama Mitchell S. Jackson, fiction Alice Sola Kim, fiction Catherine Lacey, fiction Layli Long Soldier, poetry Safiya ...more...

The Japanese Sandman


"The Japanese Sandman" is a song from 1920, composed by Richard A. Whiting and with lyrics by Raymond B. Egan . Content The song is about a sandman from Japan , who exchanges yesterdays for tomorrows. The number has a very Oriental atmosphere, and is similar to many other songs from the interwar period who sing about a dreamy, exotic setting. Nora Bayes made a popular recording of the song in 1920. The song was Paul Whiteman's first record and sold over two million copies. It has been subsequently performed by several musical artists like Art Hickman , Benny Goodman , Bix Beiderbecke , Artie Shaw , Earl Hines , Paul Young , Django Reinhardt , the Andrews Sisters , Freddy Gardner , Freddy Sunder , and in 2010, a high-fidelity recording of Whiteman's historic arrangement, by Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra . Additionally, the song was recorded by the Nazi German propaganda band Charlie and his Orchestra . For propaganda reasons, the lyrics were changed through references to the Japanese Empire . In ...more...

Ain't We Got Fun


Ain't We Got Fun? Recorded by Billy Jones in 1921 for Edison Records . Problems playing this file? See media help . Wikisource has full lyrics and sheet music: Ain't We Got Fun "Ain't We Got Fun" is a popular foxtrot published in 1921 with music by Richard A. Whiting , lyrics by Raymond B. Egan and Gus Kahn . It was first performed in 1920 in the Fanchon and Marco revue Satires of 1920, then moved into vaudeville and recordings. "Ain't We Got Fun?" and its jaunty response to poverty and its promise of fun ("Every morning / Every evening," and "In the meantime, / In between time") have become symbolic of the Roaring Twenties , and it appears in some of the major literature of the decade, including The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and in Dorothy Parker 's award-winning short story of 1929, "Big Blonde." The song also contains variations on the phrase " The rich get richer and the poor get poorer " (substituting, e.g., "children" for "poorer"); though this phrase predates the song, its use increased with ...more...

William F. Whiting


William Fairfield Whiting (July 20, 1864 – August 31, 1936) was United States Secretary of Commerce from August 22, 1928 to March 4, 1929, during the last months of the administration of Calvin Coolidge. Early life and career Whiting was born on July 20, 1864, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was the son of Massachusetts politician and businessman William Whiting and his wife Anna Morgan (née Fairfield). He attended Amherst College and graduated in the class of 1896 alongside future Secretary of State Robert Lansing. When Whiting's father, who organized the Whiting Paper Company, became president of that business, William Fairfield Whiting became treasurer. When his father died, Whiting became president of the Whiting Paper Company and his brother Samuel Raynor Whiting became treasurer. He became a lifelong friend of future President Coolidge when Coolidge was mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts. Later, Whiting and Frank Stearns were the first two "Coolidge Men" who advocated their friend as a serious presid ...more...

The Cider House Rules (film)


The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film had its world premiere at the 56th Venice Film Festival. The film covers a number of deep issues, such as growing up, abortion, and rape. The film won two Academy Awards: Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Michael Caine won his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with four other nominations at the 72nd Academy Awards. Irving documented his involvement in bringing the novel to the screen in his book, My Movie Business. Plot Homer Wells, an orphan, grows up in a Maine orphanage directed by kindly, avuncular Dr. Wilbur Larch. Homer is returned twice by foster parents; his first foster parents thought he was too quiet and the second parents beat him. Dr. Larch is addicted to ether and also secretly performs abortions for women. Conditions at the orphanage are very sparse, ...more...

On the Good Ship Lollipop


"On the Good Ship Lollipop" was the signature song of child actress Shirley Temple. Temple first sang it in the 1934 movie Bright Eyes. The song was composed by Richard A. Whiting and the lyrics were supplied by Sidney Clare. In the song, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land. The "ship" referred to in the song is an aircraft; the scene in Bright Eyes, where the song appears, takes place on a taxiing American Airlines Douglas DC-2. 400,000 copies of the sheet music, published by Sam Fox Publishing Company were sold, and a recording by Mae Questel (the cartoon voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) reputedly sold more than two million copies. In 2004 it finished at #69 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. Other recordings 1935 Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, recorded for Victor on December 24, 1934 (catalog No. 24838). This was very popular in 1935. 1935 Ted Fio Rito - recorded for Brunswick Records (catalog No. 7364) on August 1, 1935. 1952 Rosemary C ...more...

Barbara Whiting Smith


Barbara Whiting Smith (May 19, 1931 – June 9, 2004) was an actress in movies and on radio and television , primarily in the 1940s and 1950s. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame . Background Barbara was born in Los Angeles to Richard and Eleanor Whiting . Her father was a composer who wrote classics such as " Hooray for Hollywood ," " Too Marvelous for Words ," " On the Good Ship Lollipop ," " Ain't We Got Fun? ," and " Till We Meet Again ". Career Her movie career began with the 1945 film, Junior Miss , a movie based on her popular radio show by the same name. This was followed by nine other starring roles until she married Gail Smith and retired. On television, she co-starred with her sister, Margaret in Those Whiting Girls on CBS . The program debuted July 4, 1955, as a summer replacement for I Love Lucy . Select film credits Centennial Summer (1946) Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) Carnival in Costa Rica (1947) City Across the River (1949) I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951) Beware, My Lovely ( ...more...

Richard H. Whiting


Richard H. Whiting Richard Henry Whiting (January 17, 1826 – May 24, 1888) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois . He was the uncle of Rep. Ira Clifton Copley , and the grandfather of composer Richard A. Whiting . Born in West Hartford, Connecticut , Whiting attended the common schools. He moved to Altona, Illinois , in 1850, thence to Galesburg, Illinois , in 1860, where he built a gas works. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army as paymaster of Volunteers 1862-1866. He was appointed assessor of internal revenue for the fifth district of Illinois in February 1870, serving until May 20, 1873, when the office was abolished. He was appointed collector of internal revenue for the same district May 20, 1873, with office at Peoria, Illinois , and served until his resignation on March 4, 1875, having been elected to Congress. Whiting was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876. He served as delegate to the Rep ...more...

Hooray for Hollywood


"Hooray for Hollywood" is a song first featured in the 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel, and which has since become (together with "That's Entertainment" and "Another Op'nin', Another Show") the staple soundtrack element of any Academy Awards ceremony. It is even frequently played during non-American movie ceremonies, e.g. the French César Awards. The popularity of the song is notably due to the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, which reference the American movie industry and satirize the illusory desire of many people to become famous as actors. Composition The music was composed by Richard A. Whiting. In the original movie it was sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford, accompanied by Benny Goodman and his orchestra. Lyrics can be difficult to fully understand today, as they refer to people (e.g. Aimee Semple) or cultural elements (e.g. rotos) which have since been forgotten. The lyrics have also evolved over the years. Notably, the line "where any shopgirl can be a top girl, if she pleases the tired businessman" v ...more...

Too Marvelous for Words


"Too Marvelous for Words" is a popular song written in 1937. Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for music composed by Richard Whiting. It was featured in the 1937 Warner Brothers film Ready, Willing and Able, as well as a production number in a musical revue on Broadway. The song has become a pop standard and has been recorded by many artists. Overview The song was used as the love theme for the characters played by Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in the 1947 film noir Dark Passage, directed by Delmer Daves. It was introduced in a version sung by Jo Stafford, then recurred as an instrumental at important points in the story. Harry James recorded a version in 1947 on Columbia 37851. Alec Wilder has praised the song as a "model of pop song writing, musically and lyrically". He cited its surprising shifts in rhythm and key. The lyrics have won praise as sophisticated and perfectly synchronized with the tune. In the opinion of at least one critic, Mercer borrowed some of the lyric techniques and wordplay from ...more...

John Whiting


John Whiting John Robert Whiting (15 November 1917 – 16 June 1963) was an English actor, dramatist and critic. Life and career Born in Salisbury, he was educated at Taunton School, "the particular hellish life which is the English public school" as he described it. Trained at RADA, he then worked as an actor in repertory, and while in the company at Bideford in Devon, met the actress Asthore Lloyd Mawson (Jackie). At the start of the Second World War, as a lifelong pacifist, he registered as a conscientious objector, but soon after changed his mind and joined the anti-aircraft section of the Royal Artillery: his wartime experiences as a soldier, which are vividly described in dark detail in diaries written at the time ( now held in the V&A theatre museum collection) were to mark a profound change in his life and work. In 1940, he married Jackie; in 1944 he was discharged from the army for undisclosed health reasons. From 1946 till 1952, while writing, he again worked as an actor, as a member of Joh ...more...

Breezin' Along with the Breeze


"Breezin' Along with the Breeze" is a popular song. It was written by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons, and Richard Whiting and published in 1926. Popular versions in 1926 and 1927 were by Johnny Marvin, Abe Lyman, The Revelers and Hoosier Hot Shots. The song was used as a signature tune by Fred Waring. Film appearances Shine on Harvest Moon (1944) where it was sung by Dennis Morgan and Ann Sheridan (dubbed by Lynn Martin). The Jazz Singer (1952) It was used as the theme song for the hit 1953 MGM film The Long, Long Trailer. The Helen Morgan Story aka Both Ends of the Candle (1957) – sung by Ann Blyth (dubbed by Gogi Grant) "Friendly Neighbors" 1940 film Republic Pictures entry in Weaver Bros and Elviry series of rural comedies. Sung by Cliff (Ukelele Ike) Edwards (the voice of Jiminie Crickett in Walt Disney's "Pinocchio". Other notable recordings Bing Crosby – recorded the song in 1956 for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the box set The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings ...more...

William Whiting II


William Whiting (May 24, 1841 – January 9, 1911) was an American businessman and politician from Holyoke, Massachusetts. Whiting descended from an English family who first settled in Lynn, Massachusetts during 1636. Whiting was born in Dudley, Massachusetts, May 24, 1841. Whiting attended public schools and graduated from Amherst College. Whiting worked for the Holyoke Paper Company and the Hampden Paper Company. At the age of 17 Whiting started at the Holyoke Paper Company working first as a bookkeeper. After three years working as a clerk, Whiting became a salesman first working out of the company's main office and later working as a commercial traveling salesman. Whiting organized the Whiting Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1865. In 1865, Whiting built his first mill followed by another in 1872. When the Whiting Paper Company was first formed. L.L. Brown of South Adams, Massachusetts was president and Whiting was agent and treasurer. Whiting later became president and his son, William Fairfiel ...more...



Arular is the debut studio album by English recording artist M.I.A.. It was released on 22 March 2005 in the United States, and one month later in the United Kingdom, with a slightly different track listing. In 2004, the album's release was preceded by two singles and a mixtape. M.I.A. wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album and created the basic backing tracks using a Roland MC-505 sequencer/drum machine given to her by long-time friend Justine Frischmann. Collaborators included Switch, Diplo, Richard X, Ant Whiting and Greg "Wizard" Fleming. The album's title is the political code name used by her father, Arul Pragasam, during his involvement with Sri Lankan Tamil militant groups, and themes of conflict and revolution feature heavily in the lyrics and artwork. Musically, the album incorporates styles that range from hip hop and electroclash to funk carioca and punk rock. Arular was lauded by critics for its blending of styles and integration of political lyrics into dance tunes. It was nominated for t ...more...

Beyond the Blue Horizon (song)


"Beyond the Blue Horizon" is a 1930 song composed by Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting, and W. Franke Harling. Jeanette MacDonald introduced the song in the 1930 film Monte Carlo. Her version reached #9 in the United States. Cover versions George Olsen and His Orchestra released a version in 1930. The song reached #5 in the United States. Phil Spitalny and His Orchestra released a version in 1930. The song reached #18 in the United States. Clifford Jordan released a version on his 1957 album Cliff Jordan. Jack Pleis, His Piano, Chorus and Orchestra released a version in 1957 on his album Strings and Things. Jane Morgan - from her album Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (1958). Frankie Laine - included in his album Call of the Wild (1962). Johnny Mathis released a version on his 1964 album The Wonderful World of Make Believe. Michael Nesmith released a version on his 1970 album Magnetic South and featured on his 1993 album Complete First National Band Recordings. Lou C ...more...

Allen S. Whiting


Allen Suess Whiting (born October 27, 1926) is an American political scientist and former government official specializing in the foreign relations of China. Whiting was University of Arizona Regents' Professor of Political Science from 1993 to his retirement, having joined the university in 1982. He graduated from Cornell University in 1948, earned a master's degree from Columbia University in 1950 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. After first joining the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, he became a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served in several capacities in the U.S. Department of State, including head of the Far Eastern Division of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and deputy consul general in Hong Kong. He then taught at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1968-1982. Whiting has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the International Institute of Str ...more...

The Dance of Life


'> The Dance of Life The Dance of Life (1929) is the first of three film adaptations of the popular Broadway play Burlesque , the others being Swing High, Swing Low (1937) and When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948). The Dance of Life was shot at Paramount's Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens , and included Technicolor sequences, directed by John Cromwell and A. Edward Sutherland . In 1957, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. Cast Hal Skelly - Johnson Nancy Carroll - King Dorothy Revier - Marco Ralph Theodore - Howell Charles D. Brown - Lefty Al St. John - Bozo May Boley - Gussie Oscar Levant - Jerry Marjorie Kane - uncredited Plot Burlesque comic Ralph 'Skid' Johnson (Skelly), and dancer Bonny Lee King (Carroll), end up together on a cold, rainy night at a train station, when he's thrown out and she's rejected from the same show. The two things they have in life are dancing and each other, if she could o ...more...

Paul Whiting


Paul Whiting was a highly influential New Zealand yacht designer during the 1970s and early 1980s. He followed Bruce Farr in challenging accepted notions of offshore racing yacht design. Whiting was lost at sea in 1980 on his return from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Smackwater Jack. A search failed to find any trace of the yacht or its crew. A 2008 newspaper report stated that part of the cockpit was found at Ripiro Beach on the west coast of the North Island. References Blakey, Richard. A Lighter Ton: The Champion New Zealand Yachts of the 1970s (Kindle locations 115-117). 2014-08-14. New Zealand Herald, January 2008 Paul Whiting was a highly influential New Zealand yacht designer during the 1970s and early 1980s. He followed Bruce Farr in challenging accepted notions of offshore racing yacht design. Whiting was lost at sea in 1980 on his return from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Smackwater Jack. A search failed to fi ...more...

Raymond B. Egan


Raymond Blanning Egan (November 14, 1890 – October 13, 1952) was a songwriter. Egan was born in Windsor, Ontario. He moved to the United States in 1892 and settled in Michigan where he attended the University of Michigan. His first job was a bank clerk, but he soon moved on to be a staff writer for Ginnells Music Co. in Detroit. He wrote songs for Broadway acts such as Robinson Crusoe, Jr., Silks and Satins, Holka Polka and Earl Carroll’s Sketch Book of 1935. He also wrote a number of songs for films such as Paramount on Parade, Red-Headed Woman, and The Prizefighter and the Lady. He later went on to writing songs with Walter Donaldson, Ted Fiorito, Harry Tierney, Richard A. Whiting. and Gus Kahn. Wikisource has original works written by or about:Raymond B. Egan Some of his songs are: "Coaling Up in Colon Town" (1916). m: Richard A. Whiting "Bravest Heart of All" (1917). m: Richard A. Whiting "I Wonder Where My Buddies Are To-Night" (1917). m: Richard A. Whiting "So Long, Mother" (1917). m: Egbert V ...more...

Miss Brown to You


"Miss Brown to You" is a song with music composed by Richard A. Whiting and Ralph Rainger, and lyrics written by Leo Robin. It was first recorded on July 25, 1935 by Billie Holiday accompanied by Teddy Wilson and his orchestra. This version is featured on Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944. A live favourite, Holiday recorded the song many times, most notably in June, 1949 for the FRS radio broadcast, Just Jazz in Los Angeles with Neal Hefti on trumpet, Herbie Harper on trombone, Herbie Steward on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Robert "Iggy" Shevak on bass, and Blinkie Garner on drums, at the Storyville Club in Boston on October 31, 1951 accompanied by Buster Harding on piano, John Field on bass, and Marquis Foster on drums, and at the Carnegie Hall, New York City, on November 10, 1956 with Her Orchestra formed by Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Coleman Hawkins on tenor saxophone, Carl Drinkard on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Carson Smith on bass, and Chico Hamilton o ...more...

Yellowfin whiting


The yellowfin whiting , Sillago schomburgkii, (also known as the western sand whiting and fine-scaled whiting ) is a species of inshore marine fish in the smelt-whiting family Sillaginidae . The species is endemic to the eastern Indian Ocean , ranging from Dampier, Western Australia to Gulf St Vincent in South Australia , with an apparent division in the populations of the two states. Yellowfin whiting inhabit relatively shallow waters for their entire life, often found on tidal flats and creeks, as well as large estuaries . It is one of the largest members of the smelt-whiting family, growing to 42 cm, and can be distinguished by a number of anatomical and colour related features. Yellowfin whiting are benthic carnivores , preying predominantly on polychaete worms, with minor amounts of copepods , amphipods and bivalves also commonly taken. The species shows a change in diet with age, and also dietary differences with other sillaginids presumably to minimize competition . Reproduction occurs at different tim ...more...

Louise (Maurice Chevalier song)


"Louise" is a song written by Leo Robin & Richard A. Whiting for the 1929 film Innocents of Paris, where it was performed by Maurice Chevalier. The song was Chevalier's first hit in the United States, and was among the best selling records for 10 weeks in the summer of 1929. Chevalier recorded the song again in 1946 with Henri René's Orchestra - RCA VICTOR-25-0093-A. Other recordings Bing Crosby also recorded the song in 1929. The Crosby version was recorded on March 15, 1929 with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra and was also a hit in the summer of 1929. Crosby also recorded a comedy version with The Rhythm Boys on April 10, 1929. Ben Pollack & His Central Park Orchestra, vocal Charles Roberts, (recorded March 1, 1929 for Victor Records - catalog No. 21941A). Frankie Trumbauer, (recorded April 17, 1929 for Okeh Records, catalog No. 41231). Benny Goodman (recorded December 12, 1938 for Victor Records, catalog No. 26125). Dean Martin also recorded the song and his version was included in his ...more...

Social Suicide (film)


Social Suicide is a 2015 British romantic drama thriller starring India Eisley and Jackson Bews. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the film reunited Olivia Hussey (Eisley's real life mother) and Leonard Whiting for the first time since the 1968 film adaptation. Plot Cast India Eisley as Julia Coulson Olivia Hussey as Mrs. Coulson Neve McIntosh as Detective Dalton Leonard Whiting as Mr. Coulson Aymen Hamdouchi as Hughie Richard Cordery as Laurence Emerson Shaquille Ali-Yebuah as Marc Georgia Lock as Rozi Jackson Bews as Balthazar Rollo Skinner as Reese Mattson Zac Fox as Junior Tech Barney White as Ty Gio Fonseca as Justin Luke Mordue as Young Cop Christian Di Sciullo as Cop Meg McNaughton as Family Friend Jurgen Schwarz as Custody Officer Eleanor Thorn as Sarah Katy Helps as Police Woman Millie Mason as Millie Alistair Donegan as O'Rourke Vicky Peirson as Registrar Bethan Williams-James as Baked Bean Girl References Ford, Rebecca (23 September 2014). "'Romeo ...more...

Jennifer Whiting


Jennifer Whiting is an American philosopher who teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. She has also taught at Harvard and Cornell, and was (from 2003 to 2015) Chancellor Jackman Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Education and career Whiting earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College in 1978, receiving the Williamson Medal, the highest honor awarded by the faculty, for “character, leadership, and scholarship.” She was a member of Franklin and Marshall’s first women’s squash team, lettered all four years, was MVP her junior and senior years, and achieved Honorable Mention All-American status in 1978. She was later inducted into Franklin and Marshall’s Athletic Hall of Fame, partly on the basis of her subsequent record. She was ranked for three consecutive years by the United States Squash Racquets Association among the nation’s top twenty women, placing 19th in 1979 (when she lost to Diana Nyad in the first round of the Women’s National Tournament), 15th in 1980, an ...more...

John Whiting (anthropologist)


John Wesley Mayhew Whiting (June 12, 1908 Chilmark, Massachusetts – May 13, 1999, Chilmark, Massachusetts) was an American sociologist and anthropologist, specializing in child development. Whiting grew up on Martha's Vineyard, on the Massachusetts coast. He received his B.A. in 1931 and his Ph.D. in sociology & anthropology in 1938, both from Yale University. He remained at Yale until 1947 on the staff of Yale Institute of Human Relations. After two years at the State University of Iowa, he was offered a position at Harvard in the Graduate School of Education. In 1963 he transferred to the Department of Social Relations, where he taught and conducted research in anthropology and comparative child development. Together with his wife Beatrice, John Whiting organized the Six Cultures Study of Socialization, the largest and most comprehensive comparative study of child rearing and child development. The study assigned teams of anthropologists with interdisciplinary training in psychology and child develop ...more...

Ukulele Lady


"Ukulele Lady" is a popular standard, an old evergreen song by Gus Kahn and Richard A. Whiting. Published in 1925, the song was first made famous by Vaughn De Leath. It has been recorded by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra with vocals by the Southern Fall Colored Quartet on June 3, 1925 (catalog No. 19690B); Frank Crumit recorded June 10, 1925 for Victor Records (catalog No. 19701); Lee Morse in 1925; Peter Sellers with The Temperance Seven, produced by George Martin, in 1960 (for the album Peter and Sophia); Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band in 1965; Arlo Guthrie on his 1972 album Hobo's Lullaby; and was performed by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy in the second season of The Muppet Show. Bing Crosby recorded the song for his radio show in 1960 and it was subsequently released on the CD Return to Paradise Islands (2010). Bette Midler first performed the song live in the 1997 TV special "Diva Las Vegas" as a tribute to her native Hawaii. Midler later recorded the song for her album Bathhouse Betty. Film appearances ...more...

It Might as Well Be Spring


"It Might as Well Be Spring" is a song from the 1945 film, State Fair. With music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. State Fair was the only original film score by Rodgers and Hammerstein. In the film the song was mimed by Jeanne Crain, who played Margy Frake, but was dubbed by Louanne Hogan. Dick Haymes, the original Wayne Frake, made the first hit recording of the song, released by Decca Records as catalog number 18706. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on November 8, 1945 and lasted 12 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5. It was the flip side of "That's for Me," another top-10 best seller. Covers The recording by Paul Weston/Margaret Whiting was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 214. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on November 22, 1945, and lasted six weeks on the chart, peaking at #6. The recording by Sammy Kaye was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number ...more...

Till We Meet Again (1918 song)


Till We Meet Again A 1919 performance of Till We Meet Again by the Nicholas Orlandos Orchestra Problems playing this file? See media help. "Till We Meet Again" is an American popular song. The music was written by Richard A. Whiting, the lyrics by Raymond B. Egan in 1918. Written during the Great War, the song tells of the parting of a soldier and his sweetheart. The title comes from the final line of the chorus: When the clouds roll by I'll come to you, Then the skies will seem more blue, Down in lovers lane my dearie, Wedding bells will ring so merrily, Every tear will be a memory, So wait and pray each night for me, Till we meet again. As Whiting's daughter Margaret tells it, the song was intended for a 1918 contest at a Detroit theater. Dissatisfied with the result, Whiting threw the manuscript in the trash. His secretary retrieved it and showed it to their boss, publisher Jerome Remick, who submitted it in the contest, where it won top honors. The song gained widespread popularity in Canadian tr ...more...

Beatrice Blyth Whiting


Beatrice Blyth Whiting (14 April 1914, New York City – 29 September 2003, Cambridge, Massachusetts ), was an American anthropologist specializing in the comparative study of child development . Together with her husband John Whiting , she was a key figure in the Harvard Department of Social Relations and a pioneer in the cross-cultural study of childhood and child development. Born on Staten Island in 1914, she received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 1935. She then studied anthropology at Yale . In 1943, she became one of the first women to receive a PhD from that department for her fieldwork among the Paiute Indians of Oregon. Her dissertation advisor was anthropologist George Murdock . Beatrice Whiting did much of her work in collaboration with her husband John Whiting, also an anthropologist at Harvard. Often they did fieldwork together, with Beatrice focusing on the experience of women and girls and John focusing on the experience of men and boys. Beatrice Whiting joined the Harvard faculty in 1952. ...more...

Mark Richard


Mark Richard is an American short story writer, novelist, screenwriter, and poet. He is the author of two award-winning short story collections, The Ice at the Bottom of the World and Charity, a bestselling novel, Fishboy, and House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. Biography Mark Richard was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Texas and Virginia. As heard on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR: He grew up in the 1960s in a racially divided rural town in Virginia. His family was poor. He was born with deformed hips and spent years in and out of charity hospitals. When his father walked out, his mother withdrew further into a world of faith. In a new memoir "House of Prayer No. 2" he details growing up in the American South as a “The Special Child” and how the racial tensions and religious fervor of his home town animate his writing today. He attended college at Washington and Lee University. His first book, the short story collection The Ice at the Bottom of the World, won the 1990 PEN/Ernest H ...more...

Sing, Baby, Sing


Sing, Baby, Sing is a 1936 American film. Richard A. Whiting and Walter Bullock received an Academy Award nomination in Best Original Song at the 9th Academy Awards for their song "When Did You Leave Heaven". Plot After Joan Warren (Alice Faye) is fired from her singing job at the Ritz Club, where she performs with the Ritz Brothers, she seeks help from theatrical agent, Nicky Alexander (Gregory Ratoff). Nicky, however, is in the process of being evicted from his office suite, so he tells her to find another agent. When she insists that he represent her, he takes her to Mr. Brewster (Paul Stanton), president of the Federal Broadcasting Company, and Joan auditions, but Brewster refuses to hire her because she is not of the upper class. Back at the club, Joan packs her bags, while in the street, a crowd gathers around drunken actor Bruce Farraday (Adolphe Menjou). Nicky leads Farraday into the club, where Farraday orders a huge feast and hears Joan perform her last song. After more wine, Farraday passes out ...more...

Battle of Aachen


The Battle of Aachen was a major combat action of World War II , fought by American and German forces in and around Aachen , Germany, between 12 September–21 October 1944. The city had been incorporated into the Siegfried Line , the main defensive network on Germany's western border; the Allies had hoped to capture it quickly and advance into the industrialized Ruhr Basin. Although most of Aachen's civilian population was evacuated before the battle began, much of the city was destroyed and both sides suffered heavy losses. It was one of the largest urban battles fought by U.S. forces in World War II, and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. The battle ended with a German surrender, but their tenacious defense significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany. Background By September 1944, the Western Allies had reached Germany's western border, which was protected by the extensive Siegfried Line . On 17 September, British, American, and Polish forces launched Operatio ...more...

Saint Arthur of Glastonbury


Saint Arthur of Glastonbury (died November 15, 1539), according to some French sources, was an English Roman Catholic faithful in the sixteenth century. He was martyred during the period of King Henry VIII's suppression of the Catholic Church due to his refusal to accept the king's claim to spiritual leadership of the Church in England. English Catholic sources lack information on St. Arthur of Glastonbury's martyrdom under Henry VIII. It is possible that the legendary King Arthur of Camelot, believed to have been connected with Glastonbury, and the story of a local martyr may have been conflated in Breton oral tradition; there were a number of Catholic martyrs during the English Reformation who hailed from the region including Richard Whyting of Glastonbury Abbey. Martyred with Whyting was John Arthur Thorne, treasurer of the abbey and owner of the original Glastonbury chair. St. Arthur's feast-day is celebrated regionally on 15 November in Brittany. See also Blessed Arthur Bell Catholic martyr of the En ...more...

Take a Chance (musical)


Take a Chance (1932) is a musical with lyrics by B. G. De Sylva and music by Nacio Herb Brown and Richard A. Whiting, with additional songs by Vincent Youmans, and book by De Sylva and Laurence Schwab. Background Take a Chance started as a musical titled Humpty Dumpty written by DeSylva and Schwab, which flopped immediately during out-of town tryouts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where it had opened on September 26, 1932. The musical was extensively rewritten, and composer Vincent Youmans was brought in to contribute to the score. After further tryouts in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Delaware, and Newark, New Jersey, the musical was renamed, and the book, music, and cast had changed, leaving only Ethel Merman. Composer Richard Whiting subsequently left the production. Production The musical opened on Broadway at the Apollo Theatre on November 26, 1932 and closed on July 1, 1933 after 243 performances. Directed by Edgar MacGregor with choreography by Bobby Connolly, the show starred Ethel Merman as Wanda Bril ...more...

Margaret Young


Margaret Youngblood (February 23, 1891 – May 3, 1969) better known by her stage name Margaret Young , was an American singer and comedian who was popular in the 1920s. Young is best known for her songs " Hard Hearted Hannah ", "Lovin' Sam The Sheik Of Alabam'", and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans". Biography She was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 1891. She had four sisters; three older and one younger. Young began her professional career in Detroit, Michigan . She sang at theaters, dinner clubs, and on Vaudeville . Young first recorded commercially for the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1920. She recorded a series of records for Brunswick from 1922 through 1925 which sold well. She continued as a popular entertainer until the end of the decade. Young came out of retirement to record for Capitol Records in 1949. Her sister was married to composer Richard A. Whiting , some of whose songs she introduced, and her niece Margaret Whiting also would become a popular singer throughout the 1940s and 1950 ...more...

Innocents of Paris


Innocents of Paris is a 1929 black and white American musical film. Directed by Richard Wallace and is based on the play Flea Market, the film was the first musical production by Paramount Pictures. Cast Maurice Chevalier - Maurice Marney Sylvia Beecher - Louise Leval Russell Simpson - Emile Leval George Fawcett - Monsieur Marny John Miljan - Monsieur Renard Margaret Livingston - Madame Renard Jack Luden - Jules Johnnie Morris - Musician Soundtrack "It's A Habit Of Mine" Music by Richard A. Whiting Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp. "Wait 'Til You See Ma Cherie" Music by Richard A. Whiting Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp. "On Top Of The World, Alone" Music by Richard A. Whiting Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp. "Louise" Music by Richard A. Whiting Sung by Maurice Chevalier Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp. References External links Innocents of Paris on IMDb Innocents of Paris ...more...

Martin Bormann


Martin Bormann (17 June 1900 – 2 May 1945) was a prominent official in Nazi Germany as head of the Nazi Party Chancellery. He gained immense power by using his position as Adolf Hitler's private secretary to control the flow of information and access to Hitler. He succeeded Hitler as Party Minister of the National Socialist German Workers' Party after Hitler's suicide on 30 April 1945. Bormann joined a paramilitary Freikorps organisation in 1922 while working as manager of a large estate. He served nearly a year in prison as an accomplice to his friend Rudolf Höss (later commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp) in the murder of Walther Kadow. Bormann joined the Nazi Party in 1927 and the Schutzstaffel (SS) in 1937. He initially worked in the party's insurance service, and transferred in July 1933 to the office of Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess, where he served as chief of staff. Bormann used his position to create an extensive bureaucracy and involve himself as much as possible in the decision making. He gain ...more...

John Lanyon Whiting


John Lanyon Whiting (February 23, 1851 – September 15, 1922 ) was a lawyer and politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as mayor of Kingston in 1886. The son of Reverend Richard Whiting and Mary Philp, both natives of England, he was born in Amherstburg, Essex County and was educated at Victoria University. Whiting articled in Pembroke and Kingston, was called to the Ontario bar in 1877 and entered practice with a law firm in Kingston. He represented St. Lawrence ward on Kingston city council from 1883 to 1885. He died in Kingston at the age of 71. References Rose, George Maclean (1886). A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time ... Volume 1. pp. 447–48. "John Lamyon Whiting". Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario, 13402, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1907004. familysearch. "The Mayors of Kingston". City of Kingston. John Lanyon Whiting (February 23, 1851 – September 15, 1922 ) was a lawyer and politician in ...more...

Close Harmony (1929 film)


Close Harmony (1929) is an American Pre-Code comedy-drama musical film released by Paramount Pictures. Plot A musically talented young woman named Marjorie who is part of a stage show, meets a warehouse clerk named Al West who has put together an unusual jazz band. She becomes interested in him and his work and so manages to use her influence to get him into the program for one of the shows at her theatre company. The manager, Max Mindel has a dislike towards Marjorie so after discovering her affection towards Al, he gives the band notice and hires harmony singers Barney and Bey as a replacement. Marjorie makes up to both men and soon breaks up the duo, getting rid of the competition. Al learns of her scheme, and makes her confess to the singers of her deeds. Barney and Bey make up, and Max gives Al and his band one more chance. Al is a sensation, and Max offers him a contract for $1,000 a week. Cast Charles 'Buddy' Rogers - Al West Nancy Carroll - Marjorie Merwin Harry Green - Max Mindel Jack Oakie ...more...

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