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(1906 - 1968)

Morgan Lewis graduated from Michigan University and went into show business, working as a composer and choreographer. He contributed “You Might As Well Pretend” to the third “Little Show” (1931) by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, and he collaborated with E.Y. “Yip” Harburg on “’Cause You Won’t Play House” (1934). He directed the dances for Idiot’s Delight (1936), staged the musical numbers for The Fireman’s Flame (1937), and directed Naughty Naught ’00 (1937 and 1939).

His first collaboration as a composer with lyricist Nancy Hamilton was on New Faces of 1934. They went on to produce three Broadway revues — One for the Money (1939), Two for the Show (1940), and Three to Make Ready (1946). Their songs--“On the Other Hand,” “If It’s Love,” “The Old Soft Shoe,” “At Long Last It’s Love,” “A Lovely, Lazy Kind of Day,” and “It’s a Nice Night for It”--enjoyed modest success, but their claim to fame would be “How High the Moon” from Two for the Show. In 1997 the song received the Towering Song Award from the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Lewis scored Hamilton’s film of the life of Helen Keller, The Unconquered, which won the 1955 Academy Award for best documentary, and in 1969 he scored The Madwoman of Chaillot.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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ELLINGTON, Duke: Jam-A-Ditty (1946-1947) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 13) Naxos Jazz Legends
FORSSEN, Stefan: Plays with Evergreens Prophone
Contemporary Jazz
HAMPTON, Lionel: Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (1941-1951) Naxos Jazz Legends
HAMPTON: Lionel Hampton and his Golden Men of Jazz TDKDVD
Contemporary Jazz
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
LADIES ONLY - Classics Naxos
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Ladies Only Cafe Strings: Angel Eyes Naxos
Chamber Music
REINHARDT, Django: Americans in Paris (1938-1945) (Reinhardt, Vol. 8) Naxos Jazz Legends
WICKMAN, Putte: Simple Isn't Easy Proprius
Contemporary Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends

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