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Morton Gould

Born Dec. 10, 1913, Richmond Hill, NY
Died Feb 21 1996 Orlando Fl

Morton Gould was yet another of the child prodigies among Dorothy Fields' collaborators. He published his first composition "Just Six," at the age of six.

Despite his classical musical education, Gould earned his living as a vaudeville pianist, and then as house pianist for the Radio City Music Hall.

In the 1930s he was the host and conductor for a series of live CBS radio broadcasts, which featured guests such as Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington.

In his career Morton Gould wrote in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from radio jingles to symphonies, and encompassing film, ballet and musical theatre scores.

His two forays into traditional Broadway musicals were Billion Dollar Baby in 1945, with lyrics by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and Arms and the Girl in 1950 with Dorothy Fields.

Arms and the Girl was a commercial and artistic failure. A song called A Plough and a Cow and a Frau is universally derided; despite its ironic-sounding title, it is an attempt to depict a rustic ideal for which the urbane Dorothy Fields was not equipped. However other songs were well appreciated, particularly two for Pearl Bailey, Nothin' for Nothin' and There Must Be Something Better Than Love.

For more information on Morton Gould see the following ASCAP site : Morton Gould
And the Tunesmiths Database : Morton Gould

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