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Wrote "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window"


While Bob Merrill's songwriting credits speak for themselves, his talents are diverse including successful endeavors in screenplay writing, acting and teaching.

Born in Atlantic City in the city's pre-casino period, he did most of his growing up in the nearby Philadelphia area, graduating from high school there. Following his discharge from the Army at the end of World War II, Merrill took a job as a dialog director with Columbia Pictures in Hollywood where he stayed for seven years. During this time, he was also on the CBS-TV inaugurate team.

While working on a film for the company he met a woman named Dorothy Shay, a popular performer and singer known as the "Park Avenue Hillbilly," for whom he wrote several songs at her invitation. These later proved a popular part of her million-seller albums and the success encouraged Merrill to expand his songwriting activity.

The result was a highly successful career as a writer of both individual popular songs as well as Broadway show scores. One of his earliest songs was the novelty song “If I’d Known You Were Comin’, I’d ’Ve Baked a Cake,” which was recorded by Ilene Barton. This success was followed by other successes including “Honeycomb,” recorded by Jimmie Rodgers; “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window,” recorded by Patti Page; “Love Makes the World Go ’Round,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,” “Mambo Italiano” and “Make Yourself Comfortable.”

1961 produced the Merrill-Styne score for the smash Broadway hit Funny Girl. The show included one of the great stage standards “People (Who Need People)”.

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Discography Highlights

Golden Bell Songs

DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Jule Styne, Bob Merrill
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