The Info List - Al Dubin

Alexander Dubin (June 10, 1891 – February 11, 1945) was an American lyricist. He is best known for his collaborations with the composer Harry Warren.


1 Life 2 Career 3 Legacy 4 Work on Broadway 5 Notable films 6 Notable songs 7 References 8 External links

Life[edit] Al Dubin came from a Russian Jewish family that immigrated to the United States from Switzerland when he was two years old.[1] He grew up in Philadelphia. Between ages 13 and 16, Dubin played hookey from school in order to travel into New York City
New York City
to see Broadway musical shows. At age 14 he began writing special material for a vaudeville entertainer on 28th Street between 5th and Broadway in New York City, otherwise known as Tin Pan Alley.[2] Dubin was accepted and enrolled at Perkiomen Seminary in September 1909,[1] but was expelled in 1911, after writing their Alma Mater (song). After leaving Perkiomen, Dubin got himself a job as a singing waiter at a Philadelphia restaurant. He continued to write lyrics and tried selling them to area publishing firms. During this time, Dubin met composer Joe Burke. Together they wrote the song "Oh, You, Mister Moon" (1911), which was published by M. Witmark & Sons.[3] In 1917, Dubin was drafted at Camp Upton in Yaphank, Long Island, and served as a private in the 305th Field Artillery of the 77th Division, known as New York's own. During his service, he wrote the song "They Didn’t Think We'd Do it, But We Did" with composer Fred Rath and published by the 77th Division. On his first weekend pass, Dubin went to see a show at the Majestic Theater in New York City. There he met Broadway singer Helen McClay.[4] They were married on March 19, 1921, at the Church of St. Elizabeth in New York City, after Dubin converted to the Catholic faith and McClay was granted an annulment of her first marriage.[5] The year they married, Dubin was accepted in ASCAP
in 1921. Known for his larger-than-life persona, Dubin struggled with alcohol and drugs,[1] and fell on hard times in the 1940s. Estranged from his wife, Dubin struggled to find work both in Hollywood
and New York. The last show Dubin was contracted to work on was Laffing Room Only, with composer Burton Lane. Dubin provided only a title for this production, "Feudin' and a Fightin'", for which he received 25 percent credit.[6] Dubin spent the remainder of the last few years of his life at the Empire Hotel,[6] alone and in ill-health. On February 8, 1945, he collapsed on the street after having taken a large quantity of doctor-prescribed barbiturates. He was admitted to the Roosevelt Hospital for barbiturate poisoning and pneumonia,[1] and later died on February 11, 1945. Famed newspaper personality Walter Winchell
Walter Winchell
made the announcement of his death on the radio.[7] On his passing, Dubin was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Career[edit] Dubin sold his first set of lyrics for two songs "Prairie Rose" and "Sunray", in 1909 to the Whitmark Music Publishing Firm.[8] In 1925, Dubin met the composer Harry Warren, who was to become his future collaborator at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
studio in Hollywood. The first song they collaborated on was titled, "Too Many Kisses in the Summer Bring Too Many Tears in the Fall". But it was another song written with Joseph Meyer that same year that became Dubin's first big hit, "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You". Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
purchased the publishing firms of Witmark, Remick and Harms, and since Dubin was under contract to Harms, Warner Bros. inherited his services. In 1929 Dubin wrote "Tiptoe through the Tulips" with composer Joe Burke for the film Gold Diggers of Broadway. In 1932, Dubin teamed officially with composer Harry Warren[9] on the movie musical 42nd Street, starring Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels, with dance routines sequenced by legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley. The songwriting team of Warren and Dubin contributed four songs: "42nd Street", "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me", "Young and Healthy" and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo". Between 1932 and 1939,[9] Dubin and Warren wrote 60 hit songs for several Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
movie musicals, including Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade
Footlight Parade
starring James Cagney, Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
starring Eddie Cantor, Dames, Go Into Your Dance
Go Into Your Dance
and Wonder Bar, both starring Al Jolson. The song "Lullaby of Broadway", written by Warren and Dubin for the musical film, Gold Diggers of 1935, won the 1936 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[10] Legacy[edit] In 1980, producer David Merrick and director Gower Champion
Gower Champion
adapted the 1933 film 42nd Street into a Broadway musical that won The Tony Award for Best Musical in 1981. The book for the show was written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble and featured a score that incorporated Warren and Dubin songs from various movie musicals including 42nd Street, Dames, Go Into Your Dance, Gold Diggers of 1933 and Gold Diggers of 1935. Dubin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
in 1970.[1] Work on Broadway[edit]

Charlot Revue
(1925) – revue – featured co-lyricist for "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You" White Lights (1927) – musical – co-lyricist Streets of Paris (1939) – revue – lyricist Keep Off the Grass (1940) – revue – co-lyricist Star and Garter (1942) – revue – featured lyricist for "Robert the Roue" Sugar Babies (1979) – revue – co-lyricist 42nd Street (1980, revival in 2001) – musical – lyricist

Notable films[edit]

The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Gold Diggers of Broadway
Gold Diggers of Broadway
(1929) Sally (1929) Oh Sailor Beware (1929) Hold Everything (1930) She Couldn't Say No (1930) 42nd Street (1933) Footlight Parade
Footlight Parade
(1933) Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(1933) Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) Moulin Rouge (1934) Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
(1934) Dames
(1934) Twenty Million Sweethearts
Twenty Million Sweethearts
(1934) Go Into Your Dance
Go Into Your Dance
(1935) Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935
(1935) Broadway Gondolier (1935) Stars Over Broadway (1935) Shipmates Forever (1935) Gold Diggers of 1937
Gold Diggers of 1937
(1937) Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) Garden of the Moon (1938) Streets of Paris (1939) Stage Door Canteen (1943)

Notable songs[edit]

"A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich, and You" – lyrics by Al Dubin and Billy Rose, music by Joseph Meyer. (1925) "Tiptoe through the Tulips" – Joe Burke. (1929) "Forty-Second Street" – 42nd Street – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
– M. Witmark & Sons. (1932) "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" – 42nd Street "Young and Healthy" – 42nd Street "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me" – 42nd Street "Shanghai Lil" – music by Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Footlight Parade. (1933) "Keep Young and Beautiful" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Roman Scandals. (1933) "Shadow Waltz" – Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933
Harry Warren
Harry Warren
– M. Witmark & Sons. (1933) "We're In the Money" – Gold Diggers of 1933 "Pettin' in the Park" – Gold Diggers of 1933 "Remember My Forgotten Man" – Gold Diggers of 1933 "I've Got to Sing a Love Song" – Gold Diggers of 1933 "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Moulin Rouge. (1934) "Wonder Bar" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Wonder Bar
Wonder Bar
(1934) "I Only Have Eyes for You" – Dames
Harry Warren
Harry Warren
– Remick Music Corp. (1934) "Dames" – Dames "Go Into Your Dance" – Go Into Your Dance
Go Into Your Dance
Harry Warren
Harry Warren
– M. Witmark & Sons. (1935) About a Quarter to Nine" – Go Into Your Dance "She's a Latin from Manhattan" – Go Into Your Dance "Lullaby of Broadway" – Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1935
Harry Warren
Harry Warren
– M. Witmark & Sons. (1935) "I'm Going Shopping with You" – Gold Diggers of 1935 "Lulu's Back In Town" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Broadway Gondolier. (1935) "Don't Give Up the Ship" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Shipmates Forever. (1935) "With Plenty of Money and You" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Gold Diggers of 1937. (1937) "September in the Rain" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Melody for Two. (1937) "Remember Me?" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from Mr. Dodd Takes the Air. (1937) "The Song of the Marines" – Harry Warren
Harry Warren
from The Singing Marine. (1937) "I Wanna Go Back to Bali" – Gold Diggers of 1938 – Harry Warren – Remick Music Corp. (1938) "The Latin Quarter" – Gold Diggers of 1938 "Indian Summer" – Victor Herbet – Harms, Inc. (1939) "We Mustn't Say Goodbye" – Stage Door Canteen – music by James V. Monaco; Academy Award nominee for Best Song[11] "Feudin' and Fightin'" – title by Dubin, words and music by Burton Lane – Mara-Lane Music Corp. from "Laughing Room Only". (1944) "Where was I", song by W. Frank Harling and Al Dubin performed by Ruby Newman and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Larry Taylor and Peggy McCall 1939


^ a b c d e Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Songwriters Hall of Fame: Al Dubin". Retrieved 2013-10-27.  ^ Dubin, Patricia McGuire (1983). Lullaby of Broadway: Life and Times of Al Dubin – One of America's Great Lyricists. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0871-X.  ^ Dubin (1983) p. 60 ^ Mangravite, Ronald (27 February 2003). "The Avenue He's Takin' You To". Retrieved 20 November 2017.  ^ Dubin (1983) p. 83 ^ a b Dubin (1983) p. 169 ^ Dubin (1983) p. 39 ^ Dubin (1983) p. 13 ^ a b Encyclopædia Britannica. " Al Dubin (American Lyricist)". Retrieved 2013-10-27.  ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  ^ "Stage Door Canteen". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 

External links[edit]

Al Dubin at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Al Dubin at the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Academy Award for Best Original Song


"The Continental"

Music: Con Conrad Lyrics: Herb Magidson (1934)

"Lullaby of Broadway"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin (1935)

"The Way You Look Tonight"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Dorothy Fields

"Sweet Leilani"

Music and lyrics: Harry Owens
Harry Owens

"Thanks for the Memory"

Music: Ralph Rainger Lyrics: Leo Robin (1938)

"Over the Rainbow"

Music: Harold Arlen Lyrics: E. Y. Harburg (1939)

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

Music: Leigh Harline Lyrics: Ned Washington (1940)


"The Last Time I Saw Paris"

Music: Jerome Kern Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"White Christmas"

Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin

"You'll Never Know"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Mack Gordon
Mack Gordon

"Swinging on a Star"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Johnny Burke (1944)

"It Might as Well Be Spring"

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer


Music: Allie Wrubel Lyrics: Ray Gilbert (1947)

"Buttons and Bows"

Music: Jay Livingston Lyrics: Ray Evans (1948)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Music and lyrics: Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser

"Mona Lisa"

Music and lyrics: Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston


"In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"

Music: Hoagy Carmichael Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin Lyrics: Ned Washington (1952)

"Secret Love"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1953)

"Three Coins in the Fountain"

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1955)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"

Music and lyrics: Jay Livingston
Jay Livingston
and Ray Evans (1956)

"All the Way"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn


Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner

"High Hopes"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Never on Sunday"

Music and lyrics: Manos Hatzidakis
Manos Hatzidakis


"Moon River"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Days of Wine and Roses"

Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer

"Call Me Irresponsible"

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

"Chim Chim Cher-ee"

Music and lyrics: Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman

"The Shadow of Your Smile"

Music: Johnny Mandel Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster (1965)

"Born Free"

Music: John Barry Lyrics: Don Black (1966)

" Talk
to the Animals"

Music and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse (1967)

"The Windmills of Your Mind"

Music: Michel Legrand Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1968)

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David
Hal David

"For All We Know"

Music: Fred Karlin Lyrics: Robb Royer
Robb Royer
and Jimmy Griffin (1970)


"Theme from Shaft"

Music and lyrics: Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes

"The Morning After"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1972)

"The Way We Were"

Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1973)

"We May Never Love Like This Again"

Music and lyrics: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (1974)

"I'm Easy"

Music and lyrics: Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine

"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"

Music: Barbra Streisand Lyrics: Paul Williams (1976)

"You Light Up My Life"

Music and lyrics: Joseph Brooks (1977)

"Last Dance"

Music and lyrics: Paul Jabara
Paul Jabara

"It Goes Like It Goes"

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1979)


Music: Michael Gore Lyrics: Dean Pitchford (1980)


"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"

Music and lyrics: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Christopher Cross and Peter Allen (1981)

"Up Where We Belong"

Music: Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
and Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyrics: Will Jennings (1982)

"Flashdance... What a Feeling"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Keith Forsey and Irene Cara (1983)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

Music and lyrics: Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

"Say You, Say Me"

Music and lyrics: Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

"Take My Breath Away"

Music: Giorgio Moroder Lyrics: Tom Whitlock (1986)

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"

Music: Franke Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz Lyrics: Franke Previte (1987)

"Let the River Run"

Music and lyrics: Carly Simon
Carly Simon

"Under the Sea"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1989)

"Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim


"Beauty and the Beast"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman (1991)

"A Whole New World"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Streets of Philadelphia"

Music and lyrics: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"Colors of the Wind"

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1995)

"You Must Love Me"

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice
Tim Rice

"My Heart Will Go On"

Music: James Horner Lyrics: Will Jennings (1997)

"When You Believe"

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (1998)

"You'll Be in My Heart"

Music and lyrics: Phil Collins
Phil Collins

"Things Have Changed"

Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan


"If I Didn't Have You (Disney song)"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman

"Lose Yourself"

Music: Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto Lyrics: Eminem

"Into the West"

Music and lyrics: Fran Walsh, Howard Shore
Howard Shore
and Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox

"Al otro lado del río"

Music and lyrics: Jorge Drexler
Jorge Drexler

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

Music and lyrics: Juicy J, Frayser Boy and DJ Paul
DJ Paul

"I Need to Wake Up"

Music and lyrics: Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge

"Falling Slowly"

Music and lyrics: Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard
and Markéta Irglová
Markéta Irglová

"Jai Ho"

Music: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Gulzar

"The Weary Kind"

Music and lyrics: Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham
and T Bone Burnett
T Bone Burnett

"We Belong Together"

Music and lyrics: Randy Newman
Randy Newman


"Man or Muppet"

Music and lyrics: Bret McKenzie
Bret McKenzie


Music and lyrics: Adele
Adkins and Paul Epworth (2012)

"Let It Go"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez


Music and lyrics: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn (2014)

"Writing's on the Wall"

Music and lyrics: James Napier and Sam Smith (2015)

"City of Stars"

Music: Justin Hurwitz Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2016)

"Remember Me"

Music and lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

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