Josef Myrow, 77, a classically educated pianist who composed many popular song hits of the 1940s and 1950s, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Myrow composed such popular hits as "Five O'Clock Whistle," "Autumn Nocturne," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City" and "Kokomo, Indiana." He scored movies for many stars, including Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Vivian Blaine and Vera Ellen.
His lyrical collaborators included Johnny Mercer and Mack Gordon. Myrow's movie credits included "Mother Wore Tights," "When My Baby Smiles at Me," "Wabash Avenue," and "It Happens Every Spring."
Although hampered by Parkinson's disease in recent years, Myrow's last work was a three-movement concerto for solo piano and orchestra called "Genesis," a "distillation of all of his ideas on music," said his son, Fred, also a composer.