dropping out of high school, Lane was one of the many composers who
spent time in the evocative profession of song-plugging. His first
collaborator was Harold Adamson, and at the age of only 18 he contributed
songs to Broadway revues, including the song Heigh-Ho,
The Gang's All Here.
Lane went to Hollywood in 1933 and by his mid-twenties he had contributed
songs to several movies, working with lyricists of the calibre of
Ralph Freed, Ted Koehler, and Frank Loesser. One of his Loesser songs
was Dancing on a Dime.
In 1940, Lane's first Broadway musical Hold
Onto Your Hats, with lyrics by Yip Harburg was produced. Al
Jolson and Martha Raye starred. However for the rest of his career
he concentrated on his successes in Hollywood, writing with Alan Jay
Lerner and others, making only occasional forays into Broadway. The
three remaining shows, consisted of two hits, and one interesting
failure. They were :
In 1949, Lane, was invited by close friend Dorothy Fields to collaborate with
her on proposed musical Arms and the Girl.
However he disliked the book, and declined. In 1957 however, the pair
did work together, on the TV musical Junior Miss.
They were subsequently scheduled to write the score for By
The Beautiful Sea, but once again, Lane withdrew, and this time
Arthur Schwartz took over.
- Finian's Rainbow with Harburg,
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
(Alan Jay Lerner) 1965
- Carmelina (Alan Jay Lerner) 1980
For more information on Burton Lane, see the Tunesmiths Database : Burton Lane