Roger Edens

Genres: Soundtracks
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

9 November 1905, Hillsboro, Texas, USA, d. 13 July 1970, Hollywood, California, USA. An important arranger, songwriter - and later - producer, who was a close associate of MGM producer Arthur Freed from the 30s through to the 50s, when the legendary Freed Unit was turning out one magnificent film musical after another. Edens first came to notice on Broadway in Girl Crazy (1930) when he stepped out of the pit orchestra and took over as Ethel Merman’s pianist when her regular man became ill. He subsequently became Merman’s arranger and accompanist for some time before joining MGM in 1934. After serving as musical supervisor on the Jean Harlow picture Reckless, he adapted Freed and Nacio Herb Brown’s songs for the studio’s big-budget Broadway Melody Of 1936, which was released in 1935. In the same year, Edens arranged the music for a party to celebrate the 36th birthday of one of MGM’s biggest stars, Clark Gable. The highlight of the affair...

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