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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.

     
Instruments
  • Piano
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Soundtrack
  • Jazz
  • Spoken Word
Popular Tracks   
Too Late Now on The Show Must Go On by Johanna Pettersson
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
Look to the Rainbow on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
Old Devil Moon on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
If This Isn't Love on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
Something Sort of Grandish on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
Overture on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg
The Great 'come-and-Get-It' day on Finian's Rainbow by Burton Lane & Yip Harburg

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Discography
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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