Richard Rodgers

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Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

28 June 1902, Hammells Station, Arverne, Long Island, New York, USA, d. 30 December 1979, New York, USA. One of the all-time great composers for the musical theatre, Rodgers was raised in a comfortable middle-class family and developed an early love of music. Encouraged by his parents, he was able to pick out a tune on the piano at the age of four, and wrote his first songs, ‘Campfire Days’ and ‘Auto Show Girl’ (lyric: David Dyrenforth), when he was 14. Many years later, when he was asked what he had done before he began composing music, he is supposed to have said: ‘I was a baby.’ In 1919, Rodgers was introduced to the lyricist Lorenz Hart, and they collaborated on the scores for two well-received Columbia University Varsity shows, Fly With Me and You’ll Never Know, and on songs for other productions, such as the Broadway musicals A Lonely Romeo (1919, ‘Any Old Place With You’) and Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920). The...

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