Leo Robin

Leo Robin ( born April 6, 1900 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, † December 29, 1984 in Woodland Hills, California ) was an American musician, composer and songwriter. He collaborated with Ralph Rainger.

Life and work

Leo Robin studied at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Carnegie Tech's drama school. Later he worked as a reporter and as a publicist, but then decided to work as a songwriter. He had first success in 1926 with "My Cutey 's Due at Two-to -Two Today" with the music of Albert Van Tilzer. With Clifford Grey, he then wrote lyrics for Vincent Youmans ' Broadway show Hit the Deck (1927 ); Was " Hallelujah! " Is a big hit from the show. Other achievements include Bubbling Over (1926 ), and Hello Yourself (1928 ). In 1932 Robin moved - like many of his colleagues - to Hollywood to work in the emerging film industry for musical productions of Paramount Studios. His partner was at this time the composer Ralph Rainger; together they formed one of the leading songwriter duo of the 1930s and early 1940s. They wrote more than 50 hits, first mainly songs for Bing Crosby as " Please", "Here Live Love" (1932 ), "June in January " and " With Every Breathe I Take " (1934 ). At a jazz standard, the Billie Holiday interpreted the song " Easy Living " from the film of 1937. Further successes were " Thanks for the Memory", written for Bob Hope and Shirley Ross ( The Big Broadcast of 1938, 1938 ). The hit " Kinda Lonesoe " 1939 wrote Robin with Hoagy Carmichael and Sam Coslow.

Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger worked together until a sudden to Raingers accidental death when he crashed on 23 October 1942 an aircraft. Robin continued his songwriting activities thereafter with a variety of composers continued, like Vincent Youmans, Sam Coslow, Richard Whiting, and Nacio Herb Brown. With Harry Warren wrote the music for the film " The Gang 's All Here". 1946 in collaboration with Jerome Kern classic " In Love in Vain " for the film Centennial Summer, with Harold Arlen song "For Every Man There's a Woman" for the film Casbah - Forbidden streets (1948 ). In the same year, Robin returned to Broadway to work on the musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes ( German release title Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ) which was filmed in 1953 under the same title; for he wrote with Jule Styne songs "Bye Bye Baby ", " Just a Kiss Apart" and the Marilyn Monroe classic " Diamond's Are a Girl's Best Friend ". In 1955, after working for the film My Sister Eileen Jule Styne, Leo Robin with sat to rest.

Leo Robin received for the written with Rainger song " Thanks for the Memory" the 1938 Academy Award for Best Song. The song was sung by Bob Hope in the film The Big Broadcast (1938). He received an Academy Award nomination, the first in 1935, the last in 1954, nine times.

Robin was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

Robin died at the age of 84 in Woodland Hills, California and is at the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California buried.