Vincent Youmans

Decades: 1970s


Vincent Miller (Millie) Youmans, 27 September 1898, New York, USA, d. 5 April 1946, Denver, Colorado, USA. An important composer and producer for the stage during the 20s and 30s, whose career was cut short by a long illness. He worked for a Wall Street finance company before enlisting in the US Navy during World War I, and co-producing musicals at Great Lakes Naval Training Station. On leaving the navy, he worked as a song-plugger for Harms Music, and as a rehearsal pianist for shows with music by the influential composer Victor Herbert. Youmans wrote his first Broadway score in 1921 for Two Little Girls In Blue, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. One of the show’s songs, ‘Oh Me, Oh My, Oh You’, was a hit for novelty singer Frank Crumit. Youmans’ next show, Wildflower (1923), with book and lyrics by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, ran for a creditable 477 performances, and included ‘April Blossoms’, and ‘Bambalina’, which...

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