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Success as songwriter, composer, film producer and record executive


George Gard De Sylva, “Buddy”, was born in New York City on January 27, 1895. Growing up in California, he graduated from the University of Southern Cal. Soon after graduation he was introduced to Al Jolson, who became enamored with songs De Sylva had written for the Jolson hit show Sinbad. In 1918, the pair went to New York and De Sylva began working as a songwriter on Tin Pan Alley.

In 1925, he teamed up with lyricist Lew Brown and composer Ray Henderson and began the most successful songwriting/publishing trio of their era. The team collaborated until 1930 when their publishing firm was sold and De Sylva moved to Hollywood under contract with Fox Studios.

He wrote entire film scores for Sunny Side Up, The Singing Fool and Just Imagine. In 1941, De Sylva became the Executive Producer at Paramount, a position he would hold until 1944. During his tenure at Paramount, he produced The Little Colonel, The Littlest Rebel, Captain January, Poor Little Rich Girl and Stowaway.

Throughout his career, De Sylva produced and wrote for Broadway shows such as George White’s Scandals (1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1928), Tell Me More, Captain Jinks, Queen High, Good News!, Manhattan Mary, Hold Everything, Follow Thru, La La Lucille, Bombo, Orange Blossoms, The Yankee Princess, Sweet Little Devil, Tell Me More, Three Cheers, Take a Chance, DuBarry Was a Lady, Panama Hattie, Louisiana Purchase and Flying High.

Other than Brown and Henderson, De Sylva worked with several composers and lyricists including Gus Kahn, Al Jolson, George Gershwin, Jerome…

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Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc./Ballentine Stephen Music Publishing

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