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Wrote "Body and Soul" and "Blue Moon"


Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, the oldest of two sons of Frieda and Max Hart. Hart graduated from Columbia Grammar School, and attended the Columbia School of Journalism. In the late 'teens a mutual friend introduced Hart to composer Richard Rodgers, seven years his junior and the two began their career writing the scores for amateur musicals presented as charity benefits and Columbia Varsity Shows (one of their early efforts, Fly With Me in 1920, featured a score by Rodgers, Hart and Hart's classmate Oscar Hammerstein II).Hart, who spoke fluent German and was a descendant of the tragic poet Heinrich Heine, also supported himself by translating operettas and plays for the Shuberts.

Rodgers & Hart made their professional debut with the song "Any Old Place With You," featured in the 1919 Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. Their breakthrough came with the score for a 1925 charity show, The Garrick Gaities, which introduced the classic valentine to their hometown, "Manhattan." From 1920 to 1930 Rodgers & Hart wrote an astonishing array of musical comedies for Broadway and London's West End. At their pinnacle the team was writing an average of four new shows a year, and among these were: Dearest Enemy, Betsy, Peggy-Ann, The Girl Friend, Chee-Chee and A Connecticut Yankee.

In 1930 the team relocated to Hollywood, where they contributed songs and wrote the scores for several movie musicals, including the landmark Love Me Tonight starring Maurice Chevalier; The Phantom President starring George M. Cohan; Hallelujah, I'm a Bum starring Al Jolson; and Mississippi starring Bing Crosby and W.C.…

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Discography Highlights

MY FUNNY VALENTINE Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
Chappell & Co., Inc./Williamson Music Co.

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
Famous Music Corp.

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