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ARTHUR FREED  

(1894 - 1973)

Lyricist, Producer
(1894-1973)

Arthur Freed was a highly successful lyricist whose first hit was “I Cried for You” (1923). He teamed with Nacio Herb Brown for Hollywood Music Box Revue of 1928, which produced “Singin’ in the Rain,” and they scored The Broadway Melody of 1929, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

After two follow-ups to that film, in 1936 and 1938, Freed was itching to produce movies. He convinced Louis B. Mayer to purchase the rights to The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and Mayer made him associate producer. But Freed’s genius in selecting E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Harold Arlen to create the lyrics and music for the film put his stamp on it. He went on to produce several Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney vehicles, Academy Award winners An American in Paris and Gigi and many other hits.

His legendary coterie of musical colleagues at MGM, known as the “Freed Unit” (the subject of a documentary called Musicals Great Musicals), is often credited with lending a distinctive sound to the Hollywood musical. However, Freed’s success as a producer didn’t stop him from writing, and in 1952 he teamed again with Brown to score the quintessential musical Singin' in the Rain.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


View by Role: Non-Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Andersson, Niklas: Musikal Favoriter (Favourites from Musicals) Naxos
8.572018
Musicals
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Rhythm Saved The World (1934-1936) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 3) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120676
Jazz
Children's Favourites, Vol. 2: Original Recordings (1933-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120777
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Classic Crosby (1930-1934) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120507
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Easy Living (1935-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120545
Nostalgia
LANZA, Mario: Because You're Mine (1952-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120784
Nostalgia
MITCHELL, Guy: The Roving Kind (1950-1953) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120778
Nostalgia
PARKER, Charlie: Mellow Bird (1949-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120700
Jazz
TIBBETT, Lawrence: The White Dove (1926-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120593
Nostalgia
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLUE VELVET - 60 Nostalgia All Time Classics Naxos Nostalgia
8.103018
Nostalgia
HEATH, Ted: So Easy (1948-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120717
Nostalgia
SHELTON, Anne: Fools Rush In (1940-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120663
Nostalgia
SINATRA, Frank: The Early Years, Vol. 1 (1940-1942) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120539
Nostalgia
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Come Rain or Come Shine (1949-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120773
Jazz




 
 
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