Pop and film music composer for Warner and Disney in 1930s and 40s
Wrote "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "Gone With The Wind"
Allie Wrubel was born in Middletown, Connecticut on January 15, 1905. After attending Wesleyan University and Columbia University in New York, Wrubel began his music career as a saxophonist in dance orchestras, most notably with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Wrubel started his own band and began writing his own material while touring throughout England and Europe. Shortly thereafter, he worked as a manager in film theatres and moved to Hollywood in 1934, under contract with Warner Bros. film studio.
While under contract with Warner from 1934 through 1946, Wrubel wrote songs for the film musicals The Key, Housewife, Dames, Happiness Ahead, Flirtation Walk, Sweet Music, In Caliente, Alibi Ike, Bright Lights, We’re In the Money, The Lady in Red, I Live for Love, Broadway Hostess, Little Big Shot, Boulder Dam, Let It Be Me, The Toast of New York, The Life of the Party, Music for Madame, Radio City Revels, Private Buckaroo, Footlight Serenade, Crazy House, Hi Beautiful and Sing Your Way Home.
Wrubel signed with Walt Disney studios in the late 1940’s where he contributed to the films Make Mine Music, Song of the South (which included the 1948 Academy Award winning song “Zip A Dee Doo Dah”), Duel in the Sun, I Walk Alone, Melody Time, Tulsa, Never Steal Anything Small and Midnight Lace.
Wrubel collaborated with several lyricists including Abner Silver, Herb Magidson, Charles Newman, Mort Dixon, Ray Gilbert and Ned Washington.
The extensive Wrubel catalog includes, other than “Zip A Dee Doo Dah”, “As You Desire Me”, “I’ll Be Faithful”, “Farewell to Arms”, “Pop Goes Your Heart”, “What Has Become of the You and Me That Used to Be”, “Happiness Ahead”, “Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name”, “Flirtation Walk”, “Fare Thee Well, Annabelle”, “I See Two Lovers”, “The Lady in Red”, “The First Time I Saw You”, “Gone With the Wind”, “Music, Maestro, Please”, “The Masquerade is Over”, “Good Night, Angel”, “I’m Stepping Out With a Memory Tonight”, “My Own America”, “Why Don’t We Do This More Often?”, “A Boy in Khaki, a Girl in Lace”, “Don’t Call it Love”, “I Met Her on Monday”, “I’ll But that Dream”, “Why Does it Get Late So Early”, “I Do Do Do Like You”, “Everybody’s Got a Laughing Place”, “Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Gown”, “Gotta Get Me Somebody to Love”, “The Lady from Twentynine Palms” and “At the Flying W.”.
Allie Wrubel died on December 13, 1973 in Twentynine Palms, California.