Ned Washington

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Ned Washington
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Background information
Birth nameEdward Michael Washington
Born(1901-08-15)August 15, 1901
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1976(1976-12-20) (aged 75)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Lyricist

Ned Washington (born Edward Michael Washington, August 15, 1901 – December 20, 1976) was an American lyricist born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. [1]


Life and career

Washington was nominated for eleven Academy Awards from 1940 to 1962. He won the Best Original Song award twice: in 1940 for "When You Wish Upon a Star" in Pinocchio and in 1952 for "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" in High Noon . [2]

Washington had his roots in vaudeville as a master of ceremonies. Having started his songwriting career with Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in the late 1920s, he joined the ASCAP in 1930.[ citation needed ] In 1934, he was signed by MGM and relocated to Hollywood, eventually writing full scores for feature films. During the 1940s, he worked for a number of studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney, and Republic.[ citation needed ]

During these tenures, he collaborated with many of the great composers of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Max Steiner, and Dimitri Tiomkin. [2]

With Leigh Harline, he contributed most of the melodic songs that distinguished the Pinocchio soundtrack, including "When You Wish Upon a Star". [2]

He also served as a director of the ASCAP from 1957 until 1976, [2] the year he died of a heart ailment. [3]

Washington is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His grave is located in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery. He was posthumously honored as a Disney Legend, in 2001.[ citation needed ]


Some of Washington's songwriting credits include:

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