Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mae West: Ralph Rainger

In 1933, Ralph Rainger wrote the cheeky “A Guy What Takes His Time— — a song for Lady Lou, portrayed by MAE WEST.
• • Like Mae, Ralph Rainger [7 October 1901 23 October 1942] was a native New Yorker. A composer of popular music principally for films, he started out in life with the name Ralph Reichenthal when he was pursuing a legal career before deciding he'd rather be on Broadway (where he became Clifton Webb's accompanist).
• • His first hit — — "Moanin' Low," with lyrics by Howard Dietz — — was written for Webb's co-star Libby Holman in the 1929 revue The Little Show.
• • Moving to Hollywood, Rainger teamed up with lyricist Leo Robin to produce a string of successful film songs including one number that became Bob Hope's theme song.
• • In 1942, Ralph Rainger's rising star sputtered due to a fatal plane crash near Palm Springs, California. He was a passenger aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner that was involved in a midair collision with a U.S. Army Air Corps bomber. He was only 41 years old when he died in the month of October.
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• • Mae West • • 1933
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Mae West.

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