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Ralph Blane (July 26, 1914 – November 13, 1995) was an American composer, lyricist, and performer. Life and career[edit] Blane was born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the son of Florence Hazel (Wilborn) and Tracey Mark Hunsecker, grocery store owners.[1] He attended Tulsa Central High School.[2] He began his career as a radio singer for NBC
NBC
in the 1930s before turning to Broadway, where he was featured in New Faces of 1936, Hooray for What!, and Louisiana Purchase. He contributed the lyrics and music to Best Foot Forward (1941) and Three Wishes for Jamie (1952). With partner Hugh Martin [although Hugh Martin disputes this, see Songwriting Collaboration Controversy], Blane penned many American standards for the stage and MGM
MGM
musicals. The team's best-known songs include "The Boy Next Door", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song", all written for the 1944 film musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Facing the challenge of writing a song about a trolley, the duo visited a public library, and in a book they found the caption "Clang, clang, clang went the trolley", which formed the nucleus for the lyric of their song, which earned them their first Oscar nomination (their second was for "Pass That Peace Pipe", written in collaboration with Roger Edens for the 1947 film adaptation of Good News). Meet Me in St. Louis
Meet Me in St. Louis
was adapted for a 1989 Broadway musical of the same name. Blane also collaborated with Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, and Kay Thompson, among others. In 1983, Blane was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[3] He is buried in Broken Arrow's Park Grove Cemetery. References[edit]

^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9080271 ^ "Alumni Named to Central High Hall of Fame", Tulsa World, November 3, 1991. ^ Songwriters Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Ralph Blane at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ralph Blane on IMDb musicmatch.com Ralph Blane biography Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Blane, Ralph Ralph Blane at Find a Grave

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 51145971589232332809 LCCN: n84040775 ISNI: 0000 0000 8144 0163 GND: 1035691000 BNF: cb14842656p (data) BIBSYS: 3014143 MusicBrainz: 23eb93f3-52b5-470a-aee1-11b76336ae41 B

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