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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

Name - Richard Charles Rodgers

Date Of Birth - 28th June 1902

Death - 30th December 1979

Birthplace - New York City (USA)

Parents - Marnie Levy and Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers. His father was a physician and he changed the family name from 'Abrahams' to 'Rodgers'. Richard Rodgers family is German Jewish. His parents were enthusiastic about music and took Richard to the theatre many times as a child.

Childhood - He grew up in Queens, New York City where he attended P.S 10, Townsend Harris Hall and DeWitt Clinton High School. He began learning piano at the age of 6 and was greatly influenced by Jerome Kern's musicals. His teenage summers were spent at Wigwam camp (Waterford, Maine) where he composed some of his first songs! He began his university studies at 'Columbia University' but moved to the 'Institute of Musical Art' (now known as 'Julliard'.

Marriage - 1930 - Dorothy Belle Feiner

Children - Mary Rodgers and Linda Rodgers
In between these 2 daughters, the Rodgers' lost another daughter at birth
Linda Rodgers

Rodgers and Hart

Jobs - Rodgers music -
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
'One Minute Please'
'Fly With Me' - 1920
'Poor Little Ritz Girl' - 1920
'The Melody Man' - 1924
'The Garrick Gaieties' - 1925 - 26
'Dearest Enemy' - 1925
'The Girl Friend' - 1926
'Peggy-Ann' - 1926
'Betsy' - 1926
'A Connecticut Yankee' - 1927
'She's My Baby' - 1928
'Present Arms' - 1928
'Chee-Chee' - 1928
'Spring is Here' - 1929
'Heads Up!' - 1929
'Ever Green' - 1930

'Simple Simon' - 1930
'America's Sweetheart' - 1931
'Love Me Tonight' - 1932
'Jumbo' - 1935
'On Your Toes' - 1936
'Babes in Arms' - 1937
'I'd Rather be Right' - 1937
'I Married an Angel' - 1938
'The Boys from Syrancuse' - 1938
'Too Many Girls' - 1939
'Higher and Higher' - 1940
'Pal Joey' - 1940 - 41
'By Jupiter' - 1942
'Rogers and Hart Revue Musical - 1975

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
'Oklahoma!' - 1943
'Carousel' - 1945
'State Fair' - 1945
'Allegro' - 1947
'South Pacific' - 1949
'The King and I' - 1951
'Me and Julliet' - 1953
'Pipe Dream' - 1955
'Cinderella' - 1957
'Flower Drum Song' - 1958
'The Sound of Music' - 1959
'A Grand Night for Singing' - 1993
'State Fair' - 1996

Other Lyricists and Solo Work
'Victory at Sea' - Robert Russell Bennett - 1952
'No Strings' - Solo - 1962
'Do I Hear a Waltz' - Stephen Sondheim' - 1965
'Two by Two' - Martin Charnin - 1970
'Rex' - 'Sheldon Harnick - 1976
'I Remember Mama' - Martin Charnin / Raymond Jessel - 1979

Interesting Facts - Rodgers composed more than 900 individual songs and for 43 broadway musicals!

Richard Rodgers is one of only 2 persons who have won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize! (The other person s Marvin Hamlisch)

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