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Ken Bloom comments that Harry Revel and Mack Gordon were immediately successful when they reached Hollywood in 1933 writing the scores for the Paramount movies Broadway Through a Keyhole and Sitting Pretty, the latter of which contained there big hit "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking." When they changed studios in 1936 and went to work for Twentieth Century Fox, they wrote most of Shirley Temple's songs. Bloom notes, "She [Temple] saved the studio while singing their [Revel's and Gordon's] songs" (p. 258).
Harry Revel (This section is currently in preparation)
Photo montage of Harry Revel and writing partner / lyricist Mack Gordon shown over the playing of their song "Walking on Air" from the 1931 Broadway show "Fast and Furious" -- played here by Anson Weeks & His Orchestra.
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? The Songs of Harry Revel & Mack Gordon
Chet Baker, vocal and Dave Wheat, guitar perform "There's a Lull in My Life" (music, Harry Revel; words, Mack Gordon), recorded December 9, 1957, NYC -- originally from the 1937 movie Wake Up and Live, where it was sung by Alice Faye.
The range of possibilities in Revel's and Gordon's songs is signaled by the distance between performers of their songs -- from Chet Baker to Shirley Temple. Here are Shirley Temple and Bill Bojangles Robinson performing "An Old Straw Hat" (music, Harry Revel; words, Mack Gordon) from Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938).
Harry Revelresearch resources in print (listed chronologically):
ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, New York: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Cattell/Bowker, Fourth edition, 1980 (dates, collaborators, shows/movies, songs, etc., entry p. 415).
David Ewen. American Songwriters, An H. W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary. New York: The H. W. Wilson Co., 1987 (includes 146 bios of composers and lyricists). -- a wide selection of used copies is available at abebooks.com (entry pp. 303-306).
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