Harry Ruby

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Harry Ruby
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Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
Harry Rubinstein

(1895-01-27)January 27, 1895
DiedFebruary 23, 1974(1974-02-23) (aged 79)
Occupationcomposer, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Chloe Carter (divorced 1934) [1]
Eileen Percy (m.19361973, her death)

Harry Rubenstein (January 27, 1895 February 23, 1974), known professionally as Harry Ruby, was an American composer and screenwriter, [2] who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. [3] He was married to silent film actress Eileen Percy.



Ruby was born in New York City,in 1895 United States. [2] After failing at his early ambition to become a professional baseball player, he toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist with the Bootblack Trio and the Messenger Boys Trio, until meeting the man who would become his longtime partner, lyricist Bert Kalmar. [2] Kalmar and Ruby were a successful songwriting team for nearly three decades until Kalmar's death in 1947, a partnership portrayed in the 1950 MGM musical Three Little Words , starring Fred Astaire as Kalmar and Red Skelton as Ruby. [4]

A good friend of Groucho Marx, Ruby appeared several times on his television program, You Bet Your Life . In his 1972 concert at Carnegie Hall, Marx gave the following introduction before performing a song of Ruby's: "I have a friend in Hollywood ... I think I do, I'm not so sure. [laughter] His name is Harry Ruby [applause] and he wrote a lot of songs that I've sung over the years ..." [5]

Today, Father, is Father's Day
And we're giving you a tie
It's not much we know
It is just our way of showing you
We think you're a regular guy
You say that it was nice of us to bother
But it really was a pleasure to fuss
For according to our mother
You're our father
And that's good enough for us
Yes, that's good enough for us

In The Dick Cavett Show , recorded June 13, 1969, Marx also sang a second stanza, and introduced it with, "Isn't that a beautiful melody? And a beautiful sentiment: ... Today, father, is father's day. ... 16 men in that orchestra: nine of them are illegitimate children [laughter]. Nine and a half including the director."

The tie that you got
Didn't cost such a lot
And we'll give you the same tie next year.
You tell us it was nice of us to bother
But it really was a pleasure to fuss
For they say, a child can only have one father
And you are the one for us.
And you are the one for us.

Selected film scores [6]

Selected screenplays [6]

Selected Broadway scores [7]

Notable songs [2]

Selected bibliography


Ruby died on February 23, 1974 in Woodland Hills, California, [2] and was interred at the Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles. [10]

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  8. https://arabkitsch.com/whats-a-nice-jewish-girl-like-you-doing-in-a-place-like-this/
  9. Philip George Furia; Michael L. Lasser (2006). America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Taylor & Francis. pp. 35–. ISBN   978-0-415-97246-8.
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