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The Harry Warren Songbook

While Harry Warren's name may have eluded the spotlight, his songs—like "Lullaby of Broadway," "At Last," and "I Only Have Eyes for You"—never did.

Harry Warren won three Academy Awards for Best Song: "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935), "You'll Never Know" (1943), and "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" (1945).

The Great American Songbook is full of familiar names: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern. However, the name Harry Warren might not immediately ring a bell. While this Hollywood composer’s name might have eluded the spotlight, his dozens of hits written in the golden age of the film musical certainly have not, hits like “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “42nd Street,” and “At Last.” On this episode, we’ll hear Warren’s songs sung by Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, the Flamingos, and others.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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