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Posted By: Donuel
10-Aug-07 - 10:14 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a Dime
As told by the widow of the author and composer of 'Buddy can you spare a dime, "He was one of the few people who refused to testify and name people the House UNAMERICAN Activities Committee, and was blackballed as a possible Commie"

In a career spanning over fifty years, E. Y. "Yip" Harburg (1896-1981), lyricist and poet, wrote the words to over 600 songs, including all of the lyrics in the 1939 motion picture classic The Wizard of Oz, which featured the Oscar-winning "Over the Rainbow," which was voted Number One Song of the 20th Century in a 2001 poll conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America and Best Film Song of All Time by the American Film Institute in 2004. Yip also wrote the immortal standards "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" "April in Paris" and "It's Only a Paper Moon."

Known as "Broadway's social conscience," Yip's greatest stage musicals were Bloomer Girl (1944) and Finian's Rainbow (1947). During his prolific career as a lyricist, Yip worked with over fifty composers including Harold Arlen, Jay Gorney, Vernon Duke, Burton Lane, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne, Johnny Green, Dana Suesse, Earl Robinson, Sammy Fain, Arthur Schwartz and Philip Springer. Yip's lyrics have been sung by a galaxy of artists from Judy Garland to Bert Lahr to Lena Horne to Eva Cassidy.

Following Yip's life, The Yip Harburg Foundation was created to promote educational opportunity, social and economic justice, world peace and Yip's artistic legacy.

Spare a Dime is one of my favorite tunes which I play on the cello with deep feeling.

And yes Al does rhyme with pal.