Esteemed lyricist wrote legendary American Songbook hits
Wrote "That Old Gang of Mine" and "Bye Bye Blackbird"
Mort Dixon was born in New York City on March 20, 1892. He served in the army during World War I and directed the army show, Whiz Bang, which toured France after the war. Back in New York, he began his musical career as a vaudeville actor and had his first songwriting success with his first published song, “That Old Gang of Mine”.
Dixon contributed to several stage scores including the Broadway productions The Laugh Parade, Sweet and Low and Crazy Quilt. He also contributed to nearly 20 film scores including Happiness Ahead, Flirtation Walk and Sweet Music.
As a lyricist, Dixon collaborated with several composers of his time including Billy Rose, Ray Henderson, Harry Warren, Harry M. Woods and Allie Wrubel.
Other than “That Old Gang of Mine”, Dixon’s catalog included the timeless “Bye, Bye Blackbird”, “Bam Bam Bamy Shore”, “If I Had a Girl Like You”, “Just Like a Butterfly that’s Caught in the Rain”, “River, Stay “Way from My Door”, “Marching Along Together”, “My Old Man”, “Nagasaki”, “You’re My Everything”, “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover”, “Would You Like to Take a Walk?”, “Ooh, That Kiss”, “I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store”, “Pop Goes Your Heart”, “Happiness Ahead”, “Mr. And Mrs. Is the Name”, “Flirtation Walk”, “Fare Thee Well, Annabelle”, “I See Two Lovers” and “The Lady in Red”.
Mort Dixon died on March 23, 1956 in Bronxville, New York.