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Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame (1991)


Composer and lyricist, Harold Rome was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 27, 1908. He learned to play the piano in his childhood and performed with many dance bands during high school. Rome attended Trinity College and Yale University where he studied architecture. An excellent swing pianist, he joined the Yale University Orchestra and supported himself by playing in nightclubs and dance halls. After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture in 1929, the stock market. Unable to find work during the depression, he decided to try his luck as a musician. He wrote arrangements for various bands as well as shows for Green Mansions, a Jewish summer resort in the Adirondacks.

On the basis of some of his Green Mansions songs, Louis Schaffer, the drama bead of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, commissioned him to compose the songs for a revue sponsored by the ILGWU, from whose ranks the performers were to come. The revue, titled Pins and Needles, opened on Broadway in 1937 at the tiny Princess Theatre. It originally played only on weekends, but it was so popular that it quickly added performances and moved to the larger Windsor Theatre. Pins and Needles ran for 1,108 performances, the longest run of any musical during the 1930’s. Songs from the production included "Sunday In the Park" and "Sing Me a Song of Social Significance," which reflected the new populist, socially conscious outlook that had come into existence during the first years of the Roosevelt administration. The Hudson-DeLange Orchestra with vocalist Mary McHugh recorded a version of "Sunday In the Park," which became Rome's first hit song.

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Discography Highlights

Florence Music-Chappell

ALL OF A SUDDEN MY HEART SINGS Jean Marie Blanvillain, Henri Herpin, Harold Rome
Anne-Rachel Music Corp./Universal MCA Music Publishing

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