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JOHNNY GREEN

Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Pianist, Musical Director
(1908-l989)

Johnny Green was a man of many talents who, unfortunately, is best remembered as co-composer of “Body and Soul” which was interpolated into the score of Three’s a Crowd in 1930 and stole the show. While a student at Harvard, Green wrote arrangements for Guy Lombardo and composed “Coquette” with Carmen Lombardo and Gus Kahn. He graduated in 1928 and worked for a year on Wall Street before pursuing a musical career.

In 1930 he wrote, “I’m Yours” with “Yip” Harburg and worked as a conductor/arranger for Paramount Studios where he wrote the theme song for the Betty Boop cartoon. He was also piano accompanist to Gertrude Lawrence and Ethel Merman. After a stint in London in 1933, where he built a reputation as a pianist and recorded on two pianos with Carroll Gibbon, he toured with his dance band and conducted radio bands for prestigious shows until 1940. His band also recorded some soundtracks of the Astaire/Rogers musicals. He was four times the musical director of the Academy Awards ceremonies beginning in 1945.

In 1949 he became MGM’s musical director and oversaw such films as An American in Paris, The Great Caruso, Brigadoon, Meet Me in Las Vegas (for which he wrote Cyd Charisse’s ballet) and High Society. In 1958 he left to produce TV specials.

Green was also a serious composer. In 1933 his commissioned work for orchestra and three pianos was performed by Paul Whiteman. In the ‘60s he wrote a symphonic suite adapted from his music for the film Raintree County (1956). He also directed a concert series for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Some of his other well-known songs are: “Out of Nowhere” (1931) and “I Cover the Waterfront” (1933) with Edward Heyman, and “I Wanna Be Loved” (1932) with Heyman and Billy Rose.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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8.120775
Nostalgia
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Nostalgia
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8.120838
Nostalgia

Role: Classical Composer 
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75442260622
Contemporary Jazz
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FA8102
Film and TV Music

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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8.120507
Nostalgia
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8.120681
Jazz
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8.120655
Jazz
ECKSTINE, Billy: Yours To Command (1950-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120687
Jazz
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8.120506
Nostalgia
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8.120661
Jazz
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8.120756-57
Jazz
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2.119002
Jazz DVD
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8.120688
Jazz
HAWKINS, Coleman: Body and Soul (1933-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120532
Jazz
HINES, Earl: The Earl (1928-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120581
Jazz
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8.120634
Nostalgia
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8.120842
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Fine and Mellow (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120583
Jazz
HOLIDAY, Billie: Trav'lin' Light (1940-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120701
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Gettin' Sentimental (1939-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120624
Nostalgia
INK SPOTS: Swing High, Swing Low (1935-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120534
Nostalgia
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
KING COLE TRIO: That's What (1943-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120826
Jazz
LAWRENCE, Gertrude: Star of Screen, Musical and Review (1926-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120560
Nostalgia
LITTON, Andrew: Tribute to Oscar Peterson (A) BIS
BIS-2034
Jazz
PARKER, Charlie: Mellow Bird (1949-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120700
Jazz
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8.120740
Jazz
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8.120822
Jazz
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8.120686
Jazz
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9.81140JZ
Jazz
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8.120868
Nostalgia
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8.120825
Jazz
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75442253482
Contemporary Jazz
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75442261212
Contemporary Jazz
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Come Rain or Come Shine (1949-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120773
Jazz
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8.120763
Nostalgia
WEBSTER, Ben: Music for Loving (1954) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81158JZ
Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: Blues in C-Sharp Minor (1935-1937) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120665
Jazz
YOUNG, Lester: Lester Leaps Again (1942-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120764
Jazz

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