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Wrote" Bye Bye Blackbird" "Sittin' On Top Of The World" and "Birth of the Blues"


Composer Ray Henderson was born in Buffalo, New York on December 1, 1896. Studying piano and composition at the Chicago Conservatory, Henderson cultivated a melodic style that would help songs such as “Life is a Bowl of Cherries”, “Bye, Bye Blackbird”, “Five Foot Two and Eyes of Blue” and “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” become timeless hit standards.

After the Conservatory, Henderson moved to New York where he began doing song arrangements, mostly for vaudeville acts, for publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley. In 1922, Henderson was introduced to a young lyricist, Lew Brown, and in 1925 the pair teamed with lyricist Buddy De Sylva creating the most successful songwriting-publishing trio from the mid 1920’s until 1930.

The new threesome would create several memorable hits from the era, including “It All Depends on You”, “Broken Hearted”, “Just a Memory”, “Together”, “Good News”, “Just Imagine”, “Varsity Drag”, “Lucky in Love”, “Don’t Hold Everything”, “Button Up Your Overcoat”, “You Are My Lucky Star”, “I Want to be Bad”, “Without Love”, “Wasn’t it Beautiful While it Lasted”, “I’m a Dreamer, Aren’t We All” and “If I Had a Talking Picture of You”.

In 1929, De Sylva, Brown and Henderson sold the publishing firm they had founded in 1925 and moved to Hollywood under contract with Fox studios. Their first film was The Singing Fool, starring Al Jolson, and included the trios hit songs "Sonny Boy" and "It All Depends On You". Say It With Songs, another Jolson film released in 1930, included the songs “Little Pal” and “Sunny Side Up”. Just Imagine, a film version of…

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Discography Highlights

BYE BYE BLACKBIRD Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson
Olde Clover Leaf Music/Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc.

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE Lew Brown, B.G. De Sylva, Ray Henderson
Ballentine Stephen Music Publishing/De Sylva, Brown, Henderson/Ray Henderson Music Co., Inc.

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