Jack Yellen

Until now, I have not featured a lyricist and a compilation of the songs they contributed lyrics too – but Jack Yellen is an American composer, screenwriter and lyricists for Broadway and 20th Century Fox in the early 20th century.Are You From Dixie Cover

I attached the original sheet music for Are You From Dixie – so you can see the COOL LOOKING SHEET MUSIC! and so you can see what I worked from to write the arrangement.

I haven’t found these – but this is a partial list of more of his songs!

  • HARDHEARTED HANNAH (THE VAMP OF SAVANNAH)
  • GOT YOU WHERE I WANT YOU
  • JAMAICA
  • LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMAS, THE
  • LOVING YOU
  • RAIN OR SHINE
  • SITTIN’ ON A RAINBOW
  • SO NICE
  • SUGAR
  • THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER
  • YOU BELONG TO ME
  • Down By the O-Hi-O
  • Happy in Love

About Jack:

Lyricist Jack Yellen was born in Poland on July 6, 1892 and died April 17, 1991 (99 years old!)

In 1897, the Yellen family immigrated to the US. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jack found work as a report for the Buffalo Courier. He soon moved to New York to become a songwriter and wrote special material for singers including Sophie Tucker.

Yellen collaborated with many composers including Milton Ager, Abe Olman, Harold Arlen, Sammy Fain, Ray Henderson, Joe Meyer, Lew Pollack and Samuel Pokrass.

Throughout his career, he wrote scores for several Broadway productions including What’s in a Name, Rain or Shine, John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, You Said It, George White’s Scandals of 1935 and 1939, Boys and Girls Together, Sons o’ Fun, Ziegfeld Follies of 1943.

Yellen moved to Hollywood under contract to film studios and became a screenwriter and lyricists for 20th Century Fox. His filmography includes score credits for Road Show, The King of Jazz, George White’s Scandals (1934, 1935), Happy Landing, King of Burlesque, Captain January and Sing, Baby Sing, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

 

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