Jay Livingston (1915 - )
As a child, he studied piano with Harry Archer in Pittsburgh, PA. Later, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, he studied composition and orchestration with Harl McDonald. While still a student, be organized a dance band that played for various school functions, and that also played on globe girdling cruise ships. One of his fellow students, Ray B. Evans, was also in the band. Livingston and Evans proved to be a team, with Evans becoming the lyricist.
Livingston graduated in 1937, and then moved to New York, where he spent the next six years, during which time, he and Evans had a Tin Pan Alley hit song with "G'bye Now". In 1939, he scored the motion picture 'The Cat and the Canary'. In 1940, Lane and Evans wrote some songs that were interpolated into the Olsen and Johnson Broadway show 'Son's O' Fun'.
During WW2, Livingston served in the U.S. Army. In 1944, Livingston and composer Ray Evans, went to Hollywood where they signed a Paramount Pictures contract. They were destined to write songs for more than a hundred different films, over a ten year span.
Jay was elected to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
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