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Burton Lane

p, 1912-1997 US, New York City
Composer of Soundtrack and Jazz
A.k.a. Burton Levy

Burton Lane (February 2, 1912 – January 5, 1997) was an American composer and lyricist. He was known for his Broadway musicals, Finian's Rainbow (1947) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1965). Lane mainly wrote music for films, writing for more than 30 movies. His best-known songs include "Old Devil Moon," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?", "Too Late Now," "How About You?", and the title song from "On a Clear Day." He is one of the few American composers to have proved equally adept and successful in writing for both Broadway and motion pictures. Lane is credited with discovering the 11-year-old Frances Gumm (Judy Garland). He caught her sisters' act at the Paramount theater in Hollywood. The sisters, Susie and Mary Jane, brought on their younger sister, Frances, who sang "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart". Lane immediately called Jack Robbins, head of the music department at MGM, and told her he'd just heard a great new talent. Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1975.

  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Soundtrack
  • Jazz
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
Overture on Finian's Rainbow by Various Artists
Look to the Rainbow (Dance) on Finian's Rainbow by Various Artists
Entr'acte on Finian's Rainbow by Various Artists
Dance of the Golden Crock on Finian's Rainbow by Various Artists
Don't Pass Me By (Bonus Track) on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Ella Logan
Come Back to Me (from "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever") on An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner by Alan Jay Lerner
On A Clear Day on old, new, borrowed, Q! by One Voice Mixed Chorus
I Hear Music on Whirled Chamber Music by Quartet San Francisco
Says My Heart on Chasing Shadows by Bert Ambrose Orchestra

Track list and 30sec audio provided by

Title Artist Year Type
Michael Feinstein Sings The Burton Lane Songbook Vol. IIMichael Feinstein With Burton Lane1992Album
Michael Feinstein Sings The Burton Lane Songbook Vol. IMichael Feinstein With Burton Lane1990Album
Divotvorný HrnecE.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy, Burton Lane, Voskovec + Werich1988Album
Loves to RhymeIra Gershwin with Kurt Weill, Burton Lane and Harold Arlen1975Album
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