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Richard Rodgers

(1902—1979) American composer

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(b Hammels Station, Long Is., 1902; d NY, 1979).

Amer. composer. With Lorenz Hart as lyric‐writer, wrote successful Broadway musicals The Girl Friend (1926), Connecticut Yankee (1927), On Your Toes (1936, incl. ballet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue), Babes in Arms (1937), The Boys from Syracuse (1938), and Pal Joey (1940). With Oscar Hammerstein II, wrote Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), Flower Drum Song (1958), and The Sound of Music (1959). With Stephen Sondheim he wrote Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965). Many of these made into films. Wrote mus. for tv documentary Victory at Sea. Among the songs he composed are ‘There's a Small Hotel’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered', ‘Blue Room’, ‘O What a Beautiful Morning’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘The Sound of Music’.

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