June 3, 2006 |
Harold Arlen, the son of a cantor, grew up early in the 20th century listening to his father's singing and to classical music. He also was drawn to the sounds of black America and would go on to write songs for the Cotton Club. These influences and more wove their way into the songs he composed for stage and screen, including "Come Rain or Come Shine," "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow."
November 18, 2006
I marveled at the audacity and absurdity of Robert Hilburn's assertion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" ["Young Dylan, the Man of Ideas," Nov. 15]. Of the last half of the 20th century, maybe. Surely, most people wouldn't rate him as a songwriter in the same league with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen or Duke Ellington, to name a few from the "golden age" of American popular song.
November 25, 2006
RE Len Gardner's assertion that Robert Hilburn's opinion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century" is absurd [Letters, Nov. 18]: I have heard of all the songwriters that you mentioned, sir [Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington]; I even like some of them. They all were wonderful artists, but can it be said that they changed the culture of this country the way Dylan did? FRED LUCERO Oxnard
December 2, 2006
IN his defense of Robert Hilburn's opinion that Bob Dylan is "the most important songwriter of the 20th century," reader Fred Lucero states [Letters, Nov. 25] that he has "heard of" Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington. Lucero concedes that they were all "wonderful artists" but asks: "Can it be said that they changed the culture of this country the way Dylan did?" The answer is obvious: Yes and no. Each artist contributed immensely to our culture, thereby changing it immeasurably, but each in his own way. "Blonde on Blonde" changed 20th century America, but so did "Show Boat" and "The Wizard of Oz" and "Kiss Me, Kate" -- not to mention "Pet Sounds" and "Electric Ladyland."
May 15, 2005 |
Harold ARLEN was responsible for the music for the Oscar-winning tune "Over the Rainbow" as well as such standards as "Let's Fall in Love," "Get Happy," "Stormy Weather," "One for My Baby" and "The Man That Got Away." Oscar winner Henry Fonda was one of cinema's most beloved "everymen." Like his peers Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper, he was adept at both dramas and comedies and possessed an earnestness, quiet strength and likability that endeared him to audiences for nearly half a century.
April 24, 1986 |
Hymen Arluck, a cantor's son who grew up to become Harold Arlen, the composer who took the world "Over the Rainbow," died Wednesday at his home in New York City Arlen, 81, who had suffered from cancer, died at his Manhattan home shortly after 4 p.m., and his body was found in bed by his son, Sam, a police spokesman said.