Josef Myrow
b. 28 February 1910, Russia, d. 24 December 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA. Myrow was a popular composer from the '40s to the late '50s, mostly for movies. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music. He graduated as an accomplished pianist, and served as a guest soloist with several symphony orchestras, including those of Cleveland and Philadelphia. After working as musical director for some Philadelphia radio stations, Myrow started composing for nightclub revues in cities on the east coast. His early songs in the late '30s, included Haunting Me, Overheard In A Cocktail Lounge, The Fable Of The Rose and I Love To Watch The Moonlight. In the early '40s he wrote Autumn Nocturne (a big hit for Claude Thornhill) and Velvet Moon. In 1946, he and Eddie De Lange contributed several songs to the movie, IF I'M LUCKY. In the same year, Myrow began what was to be a 10-year association with lyricist Mack Gordon. Together they wrote eight songs for THREE LITTLE GIRLS IN BLUE, including Somewhere In The Night, Always A Lady, On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City and You Make Me Feel So Young, which later became linked with Frank Sinatra. From 1947-50, the team provided the songs for four movies starring Betty Grable, including Mother Wore Tights (Kokomo, Indiana, There's Nothing Like A Song and You Do, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and became a hit for Dinah Shoreand Vaughn Monroe), WHEN MY BABY SMILES AT ME(By The Way and What Did I Do?), THE BEAUTIFUL BLONDE FROM BASHVILLE BEND (Every Time I Meet You) and WABASH AVENUE (Baby Won't You Say You Love Me and Wilhelmina, which was also nominated for an Oscar). Myrow and Gordon continued into the '50s with THE I-DON'T-CARE GIRL (This Is My Favorite City); I LOVE MELVIN starring Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds (A Lady Loves, Where Did You Learn To Dance? and There You Are); and BUNDLE OF JOY, in which Reynolds appeared with husband Eddie Fisher. Myrow also contributed several numbers to THE FRENCH LINE, with Ralph Blane (Comment Allez-Vous?, What Is This I Feel?, Well, I'll Be Switched and Wait Till You See Paris). His other compositions included Five O'Clock Whistle (a hit for Glenn Miller, Erskine Hawkins and Ella Fitzgerald); It Happens Every Spring (movie title song), Endless Love, Love Is Eternal, Five Four Blues, Soft And Warm, Three Quarter Blues and Someday Soon. His other collaborators included Kim Gannon, Jean Stone and Bickley Reichner. Josef Myrow died of Parkinson's disease in 1987.

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