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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 1990


Burton Lane, long one of popular music’s most revered songwriters, is one of the few American composers to have proved equally adept and successful in writing for both Broadway and motion pictures. Few other songwriters have criss-crossed the nation so often and so productively between Hollywood and New York.

His professional life began in 1927, when at age 15, he signed a contract with the Remick Music Company, a leading music publisher. Two years later, a major event for the then 17-year-old, was a chance to perform some of his tunes for George and Ira Gershwin, who offered their encouragement. Ira Gershwin also introduced Lane to E.Y. (Yip) Harburg, and years later, as luck would have it, Lane and Harburg collaborated on one of the great Broadway scores, for the hit show, "Finian's Rainbow."

During the '30s, Lane composed for four different musical revues, working with Howard Dietz on two songs for "Three's a Crowd," and with Harold Adamson on one song for "The Third Little Show," two songs for "Singin' in the Rain," and virtually the entire score for the ninth edition of Earl Carroll's "Vanities."

In 1933, Lane had his first opportunity for writing film music, and with collaborator, Harold Adamson, came up with the memorable song, "Everything I Have Is Yours," for MGM's "Dancing Lady," with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. The following year, what history would show as a momentous event in Lane's career came when he discovered an 11-year-old, Frances Gumm. He brought the girl to MGM executives and he played for her audition. She was…

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