Ray Henderson

Ray Henderson ( born December 1, 1896 in Buffalo (New York ), † 31 December 1970, Greenwich (Connecticut) ) was an American songwriter, pianist, producer and composer of the Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and film.


Henderson studied at the Conservatory in Chicago and was then pianist in dance bands and arranger in New York publishing houses for popular vaudeville music. 1925 to 1930 he formed a songwriting team with Lew Brown and Buddy DeSylva. Your Musikverlag sold Henderson, Brown and DeSylva 1929 to went to Hollywood to Fox. Her first movie was The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson ( with the hits Sonny Boy, It All Depends on You) and 1930 followed Say It with Songs also with Al Jolson ( with Little Pal, Sunny Side Up ). 1931 DeSylva left the team and Henderson worked until 1933 with Brown on. Later he worked with Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Billy Rose, Mort Dixon, Jack Yellen and Irving Caesar.

On Broadway, he had successes, among others, George White's Scandals ( first 1925), Good News, Hold Everything!, Follow Thru (1930 also filmed as Just Imagine ), Three Cheers, Flying High, Say When (1934, written with Ted Koehler ) Ziegfeld Follies and the of 1943.

His songs include That Old Gang of Mine, Annabelle, Bye Bye Blackbird (1925 ), I'm Sitting on the Top of the World (1925 ), The Best Things in Life Are Free, Birth of the Blues ( 1926), Button Up Your Overcoat, You Are My Lucky Star, The Varsity drag ( 1927), Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, I'm a Dreamer, Are not We All, Keep Your Sunny Side Up (1929 ), The Thrill is Gone, Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries ( 1931).

In 1942 he was one of ASCAP directors, a position he held until 1951.

A revue of his music (It's the Cherries ) was listed in 2000 in New York City (American Composer Series).

Henderson was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.