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(1898 - 1954)

Arthur Johnston was born in New York City and started out professionally playing piano for silent films. He would later become Irving Berlin’s pianist and musical director of stage production. Johnston moved to Hollywood in the late 20’s and initially found success arranging the score for Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. He went on to contribute to dozens of film scores, often collaborating with Johnny Burke and Sam Coslow, producing such hits as, “Moon Song (That Wasn’t Meant For Me)” (1933), “Cocktails For Two” (1934), “My Old Flame” (1934), “Pennies from Heaven” (1936), “All You Want to Do Is Dance” (1937) and “Song of the South” (1946).

-- Jeremy Wilson

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