Those who contributed to our musical portfolio
Once there was a royal wedding about a
princess named Elizabeth and her prince, Philip. A movie was made based upon
the event, Royal Wedding, ,
starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell as a brother-and-sister
song-and-dance team, singing and dancing to the music of
You can catch Royal Wedding now on the classic movie networks, and it's worth a watch. The soundtrack has some of the finest songs on film: "Too Late Now," "You're All the World To Me," and that showstopper, "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?" which is said to have been written by Lane and Lerner during a 12 minute taxi ride.
Most of Lane's music was written for
During the 1920's, he teamed up with
Harold Adamson to write for Broadway shows like Earl Carroll's Vanities,
Artists and Models, and Three's A Crowd, starring
Besides Adamson, Lane wrote with lyricists, Ted Koehler ("Stop, You're Breaking My Heart), Ira Gershwin for the film, Give A Girl A Break, and with Frank Loesser he wrote, "The Lady's In Love With You" for Some Like It Hot, (long before, and unrelated to the Marilyn Monroe film).
In 1940, Lane and "Yip" Harburg teamed up for a Broadway score, Hold On To Your Hats. It was not that memorable, but seven years later they struck gold writing the music for Finian's Rainbow. With songs like "Old Devil Moon," "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich," "If This Isn't Love," "Look To The Rainbow." Finian's Rainbow was Burton Lane's biggest hit, and writing musical shows was Lane's first love, although films were his main venue until the mid-60's when he teamed up again with Lerner for On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, which became a movie in 1970. Finian's Rainbow had become a film two years earlier.
Burton Lane had done some television work
as well, mainly with Dorothy Fields in the '50's, for the TV show
Junior Miss. In 1990,
and "Too Late Now" (Royal Wedding).
His musical, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, earned him a Grammy.
Lane served as elected President of
American Guild of Authors and Composers from 1957-1966.
He served on ASCAP's Board from 1985 to 1996.
He was elected to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
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