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Oscar for "You'll Never Know" (1943)


Lyricist Mack Gordon was born in Warsaw, Poland on June 21, 1904 with the name Morris Gittler. When his parents emigrated to New York City in 1908, his name was changed to the Americanized Mack Gordon. Gordon entered show business as a boy soprano in a minstrel show and in time he developed comedy routines and eventually became a singing comic on the vaudeville circuit.

He teamed with English Emigre pianist Harry Revel to write songs for the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies, and the two were subsequently offered a contract by Paramount Pictures. His lyrics were first heard in motion pictures in the 1929 film Pointed Heels.

Through the 1930’s and early 1940’s, Gordon collaborated with several composers including Harry Warren, Josef Myrow, Jimmy Van Heusen, Vincent Youmans, James Monaco and Edmund Goulding. He wrote and collaborated on nearly 50 film scores including Sitting Pretty, Broadway Through a Keyhole, We’re Not Dressing, She Loves Me Not, Shoot the Works, College Rhythm, Love in Bloom, Paris in Spring, Two for Tonight, Collegiate, Stowaway, Poor Little Rich Girl, AliBaba Goes to Town, Wake Up and Live, You Can’t Have Everything, Head Over Heels, Love and Kisses, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Down Argentine Way, Sun Valley Serenade, Weekend in Havana, Song of the Islands, Iceland, That Night in Rio, Springtime in the Rockies, Orchestra Wives, Diamond Horseshoe, Pin-Up Girl, Three Little Girls in Blue, Mother Wore Tights, Wabash Avenue, Summer Stock, I Love Melvin, The Girl Next Door and Bundle of Joy.

Arguably one of the most successful of all lyricists to write for the…

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Discography Highlights

CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO Harry Warren, Mack Gordon
Warner Bros., Inc.

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