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Ralph Rainger (1901–1942)

He was one of the era's great composers and songwriters. Ralph Rainger penned numerous popular standards, often working in collaboration with lyricist Leo Robin. These include solid commercial hits like "Moanin Low", "Love in Bloom" (used by Jack Benny to introduce his TV and radio shows), "Love is Just Around the Corner", "Easy Living", "If I ... See full bio »

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(age 41) in California, USA

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 2015 Carol (lyrics: "Easy Living") / (music: "Easy Living")
 2015 The Longest Ride (music: "HI-YA LOVE")
 2010/I Burlesque (writer: "Guy What Takes His Time (Instrumental)", "Guy What Takes His Time")
 2010 A Cat in Paris (writer: "I Wished On The Moon (78 RPM Version)" - as R. Rainger)
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues (music: "Moanin' Low")
 2004 Immortal (Ad Vitam) (writer: "June in January")
 2003 The Dreamers (lyrics: "Hot Voodoo" (1932))
 2002 Lilo & Stitch (writer: "Blue Hawaii")
 2001 The Score (writer: "Easy Living")
 1998 A Night at the Roxbury ("Thanks For The Memory")
 1996 Camping Cosmos (writer: "Blue Hawaii")
 1995 Clueless ("MISS BROWN TO YOU")
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (writer: "Easy Living")
 1994 Radioland Murders (writer: "A Guy What Takes His Time")
 1994 Imaginary Crimes (writer: "June In January")
 1994 North ("BLUE HAWAII")
 1994 Forrest Gump (music: "Thanks For The Memory" (1938))
 1992 Chaplin ("PLEASE")
 1992 Honeymoon in Vegas (writer: "BLUE HAWAII")
 1992 Wayne's World ("BLUE HAWAII")
 1991 The Rocketeer (writer: "YOU'RE A SWEET LITTLE HEADACHE")
 1990 Edward Scissorhands (writer: "BLUE HAWAII")
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ("You're a Sweet Little Headache" (1939))
 1989 Loverboy (writer: "Blue Hawaii")
 1989/I Shag (writer: "Blue Hawaii" - as Rainger)
 1989 New York Stories (writer: "June In January")
 1986 Link (writer: "Hot Voodoo" - uncredited)
 1985 Desert Hearts (writer: "I WISHED ON THE MOON")
 1984 Racing with the Moon (as R. Rainger, "Easy Living")
 1982 Butterfly (writer: "Silver on the Sage")
 1981 Mommie Dearest (writer: "June In January" - as Rainger)
 1981 This Is Elvis (writer: "Blue Hawaii" - uncredited)
 1976 The Far Side of Paradise (writer: "Please" - as Rainger)
 1975 Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (music: "The Tra-La-La And The Oom Pah-Pah")
 1975 The Day of the Locust (music: "I WISHED ON THE MOON", "JUNE IN JANUARY", "HOT VOODOO")
 1974 Chinatown ("Easy Living")
 1974 The Parallax View (writer: "Blue Hawaii")
 1966 The Oscar ("Thanks for the Memory")
 1961 Blue Hawaii (writer: "Blue Hawaii")
 1957 The Joker Is Wild (music: "June in January" - uncredited)
 1957 Beau James (music: "Blossoms on Broadway" - uncredited)
 1954 Gorilla at Large (music: "Me and My Fella and a Big Umbrella" - uncredited)
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (writer: "ON THE GAY WHITE WAY")
 1952 Flaming Feather (writer: "He Met Her On The Prairie" - uncredited)
 1952 Sailor Beware (music: "BLUE HAWAII" - uncredited)
 1951 Meet Me After the Show (writer: "MIAMI (OH, ME! OH, MI-AMI)")
 1951 A Place in the Sun (writer: "Blue Hawaii" - uncredited)
 1950 Young Man with a Horn (music: "Moanin' Low" - uncredited)
 1949 Easy Living (writer: "Easy Living")
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number (("June in January", uncredited)
 1948 Key Largo (music: "Moanin' Low" - uncredited)
 1945 Song of Old Wyoming ("Hills of Old Wyoming")
 1943 Riding High (music: "Whistling in the Light", "You're the Rainbow")
 1943 Colt Comrades (writer: "Tonight We Ride")
 1943 Coney Island (music: "Coney Island", "Get the Money", "Winter, Winter", "Miss Lulu from Louisville", "Take It from There", "There's Danger in a Dance", "Old Demon Rum")
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World (music: "Love in Bloom" - uncredited)
 1942 Just Off Broadway (music: "It Happened, It's Over, Let's Forget It" - uncredited)
 1942 Tales of Manhattan (music: "Glory Day" - uncredited)
 1942 Footlight Serenade (music: "Except with You", "Are You Kiddin'?", "I'm Still Crazy for You", "Land on Your Feet", "I Heard the Birdies Sing", "I'll Be Marching to a Love Song", "Living High" - uncredited)
 1942 The Magnificent Dope (music: "Oh, the Pity of It All" - uncredited)
 1942 My Gal Sal (music: "ON THE GAY WHITE WAY", "OH, THE PITY OF IT ALL", "HERE YOU ARE", "ME AND MY FELLA AND A BIG UMBRELLA")
 1942 My Favorite Blonde (music: "Thanks for the Memory" (1937))
 1942 True to the Army (music: "Love in Bloom" - uncredited)
 1941 Cadet Girl (music: "You Started Something", "Uncle Sam Gets Around", "It Happened, It's Over, Let's Forget It", "My Old Man Was An Army Man", "She's A Good Neighbor")
 1941 Rise and Shine (music: "Get Thee Behind Me, Clayton", "Central Two Two Oh Oh", "I Want To Be The Guy", "I'm Making A Play For You", "Hail To Bolenciecwcz")
 1941 New York Town (music: "Love in Bloom")
 1941 Twilight on the Trail (music: "The Funny Old Hills" - uncredited)
 1941 A Yank in the R.A.F. (music: "Hi-Ya, Love", "Another Little Dream Won't Do Us Any Harm" - uncredited)
 1941 Dressed to Kill (writer: "I've Got You All to Myself")
 1941 The Parson of Panamint (music: "It's in the Cards" - uncredited)
 1941 Dance Hall (music: "Hello, Ma! I Done It Again" - uncredited)
 1941 Moon Over Miami (music: "What Can I Do For You?" (1941), "Miami (Oh Me, Oh Mi-Ami)" (1941), "You Started Something" (1941), "I've Got You All To Myself" (1941), "Is That Good?" (1941), "Loveliness and Love" (1941), "Kindergarten Conga" (1941), "Solitary Seminole" (1941))
 1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome (music: "Hello Ma! I Done It Again", "Wishful Thinking", "I'm Alive And Kickin'")
 1940 The Ghost Breakers (music: "Thanks for the Memory" (1938) - uncredited)
 1940 Remember the Night (music: "Easy Living" (1937) - uncredited)
 1939 Gulliver's Travels (music: "Faithful" (1939), "Forever" (1939), "Faithful/Forever" (1939), "I Hear a Dream (Come Home Again)" (1939), "We're All Together Now" (1939), "Bluebirds in the Moonlight (Silly Idea)" (1939), "All's Well" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 The Llano Kid (writer: "El Huapango")
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown (music: "Love with a Capital U")
 1939 Dancing Co-Ed (writer: "Blossoms on Broadway" (1937) - uncredited)
 1939 Blondie Takes a Vacation (music: "Love in Bloom" - uncredited)
 1939 Man About Town (music: "LOVE IN BLOOM")
 1939 Never Say Die (writer: "The Tra La La and The Oom Pah Pah")
 1939 Paris Honeymoon (music: "The Funny Old Hills", "You're a Sweet Little Headache", "Joobalai")
 1938 Artists and Models Abroad (music: "What Have You Got That Gets Me", "You Broke My Heart")
 1938/II Thanks for the Memory (music: "Thanks for the Memory")
 1938 Give Me a Sailor (music: "What Goes On Here in My Heart", "It Don't Make Sense", "A Little Kiss at Twilight", "The U.S.A. and You")
 1938 The Texans (lyrics: "Silver on the Sage") / (music: "Silver on the Sage")
 1938 Tropic Holiday (music: "Havin' Myself a Time" - uncredited)
 1938 Romance in the Dark (music: "Tonight We Love")
 1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 (music: "THIS LITTLE RIPPLE HAD RHYTHM" (1937), "DON'T TELL A SECRET TO A ROSE" (1937), "YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY HEART" (1937), "LOVE IN BLOOM" (1934), "THANKS FOR THE MEMORY" (1937), "MAMA, THAT MOON IS HERE AGAIN" (1937), "THE WALTZ LIVES ON" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Born to the West (writer: "You're the One I Crave" - uncredited)
 1937 Blossoms on Broadway (music: "Blossoms on Broadway")
 1937 Ebb Tide (music: "Ebb Tide")
 1937 Souls at Sea (music: "Susie Sapple" (1937), "Hang Boys Hang" (1937) - uncredited)
 1937 Artists & Models (music: "I Have Eyes")
 1937 Easy Living (music: "Easy Living" - uncredited)
 1937 King of Gamblers (music: "Hate to Talk About Myself")
 1937 Hills of Old Wyoming (music: "Hills of Old Wyoming")
 1937 Waikiki Wedding (music: "Sweet is the Word for You", "Blue Hawaii", "In A Little Hula Heaven", "Okolehau", "Nani Ona Pua")
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low (music: "Then It Isn't Love" (1937) - uncredited)
 1936 College Holiday (music: "A Rhyme for Love", "(Enchanted) I Adore You", "So What?", "Love in Bloom")
 1936 Stowaway (music: "Please" (1932) - uncredited)
 1936 Hideaway Girl (music: "What Is Love?")
 1936 Easy to Take (music: "Love in Bloom" - uncredited)
 1936 Rose Bowl (writer: "Love in Bloom")
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937 (writer: "Vote for Mr. Rhythm", "La Bomba", "Night in Manhattan", "I'm Talking Through My Heart", "You Came to My Rescue", "Here's Love in Your Eye")
 1936 Rhythm on the Range (music: "Drink It Down", "Love in Bloom" - uncredited)
 1936 Three Cheers for Love (music: "Where Is My Heart", "Long Ago And Far Away", "The Swing Tap", "These", "Light Up Your Face", "Hail to Chester")
 1936 Poppy (music: "A Rendezvous with a Dream" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 Palm Springs (music: "I Don't Want to Make History, I Just Want to Make Love", "The Hills of Old Wyoming", "The Hills of Old Wyoming" (reprise))
 1936 Rose of the Rancho (music: "Little Rose of the Rancho", "Where is my Love?", "If I Should Lose You", "Thunder Over Paradise", "Got a Gal in Californ-i-a", "There's Gold in Monterey", "The Padre and the Bride")
 1935 Millions in the Air (music: "Laughin' at the Weatherman", "A Penny In My Pocket")
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 (music: "Double Trouble", "I Wished on the Moon", "Why Dream", "Miss Brown To You", "Amargura", "A Man, a Maid, a Moon", "Is Love a Moon-Flower?", "Through the Doorway of Dreams")
 1935 Page Miss Glory (music: "Love in Bloom" (1934) - uncredited)
 1935 The Devil Is a Woman (music: "Three Sweethearts Have I", "Then It Isn't Love")
 1935 Four Hours to Kill! (music: "Walking the Floor", "I Hate to Talk About Myself", "A Penny in My Pocket", "Let's Make a Night of It")
 1935 Rumba (writer: "The Rhythm of the Rumba", "The Magic of You", "I'm Yours for Tonight" - uncredited)
 1935 Señora casada necesita marido (music: "A Guy What Takes His Time" - uncredited)
 1934 Here Is My Heart ("June in January", "With Every Breath I Take")
 1934 She Loves Me Not (music: "LOVE IN BLOOM" - uncredited)
 1934 Kiss and Make-Up (music: "Corn Beef and Cabbage I Love You", "The Mirror Song", "Love Divided by Two")
 1934 Shoot the Works (music: "Take a Lesson from the Lark", "Do I Love You?" - uncredited)
 1934 Little Miss Marker (music: "Laugh You Son of a Gun" (1934), "I'm a Black Sheep Who's Blue" (1934), "Low Down Lullaby" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 The Trumpet Blows (music: "The Red Cape", "Pancho", "This Night (My Heart Does The Rhumba)")
 1934 Come On, Marines! (lyrics: "Tequila") / (music: "Oh Baby, Obey", "Hula Holiday", "Tequila")
 1934 Good Dame (music: "She's a Good Dame")
 1934 Wharf Angel (music: "Down Home")
 1934 Bolero (music: "Raftero")
 1933 Cradle Song (lyrics: "Lonely Little Senorita") / (music: "Lonely Little Senorita", "The Cradle Song:)
 1933 The Way to Love (music: "I'm A Lover Of Paree", "In A One Room Flat", "It's Oh, It's Ah, It's Wonderful", "In a One Room Flat")
 1933 Torch Singer (music: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Love" (1933), "Don't Be a Cry Baby" (1933), "It's a Long Dark Night" (1933), "Torch Singer" (1933), "Mimi Was a Good Girl" (1933))
 1933 Three Cornered Moon (music: "Three-Cornered Moon" - uncredited)
 1933 Midnight Club (music: "In a Midnight Club" - uncredited)
 1933 International House (music: "She Was a China Tea-cup and He Was Just a Mug" (1933), "Thank Heaven For You" (1933), "My Bluebird's Singing the Blues" (1933) - uncredited)
 1933 A Bedtime Story (music: "In the Park in Paree", "Look What I've Got", "Home Made Heaven", "Monsieur Baby")
 1933 Murders in the Zoo (music: "Please" - uncredited)
 1933 From Hell to Heaven (music: "Please")
 1933 She Done Him Wrong (writer: "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone" (1933), "A Guy What Takes His Time" (1933) - uncredited)
 1932 The Big Broadcast (music: "Please", "Here Lies Love", "Trees")
 1932 Big City Blues (writer: "I'm in Love with a Tune" - uncredited)
 1932 Blonde Venus (music: "Hot Voodoo")
 1932 Million Dollar Legs (music: "It's Terrific (When I Get Hot)" (1932) - uncredited)
 1932 This Is the Night (writer: "This Is the Night")
 1932 Dancers in the Dark (music: "I'm in Love with a Tune" - uncredited)
 1930 Along Came Youth (music: "I Look at You and a Song Is Born" - uncredited)
 1930 Sea Legs (music: "This Must Be Illegal")
 1930 Queen High (writer: "Brother, Just Laugh It Off", "I'm Afraid of You", "It Seems to Me")
 1930 Be Yourself! (music: "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1930) - uncredited)
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Stage Play: Cross My Heart. Musical comedy. Music by Harry Tierney. Book by Daniel Kusell. Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy. Musical Director: Louis Gress. Music orchestrated by Maurice De Packh. Choreographed by Sammy Lee. Directed by John Harwood. Knickerbocker Theatre: 17 Sep 1928- 10 Nov 1928 (64 performances). Cast: Bill Antonius, Franklyn ... See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Wrote numerous standards - ones so good they became other's trademark songs - before having his life cut short in a plane crash. Among his works are the sexually charged torch ballad, "Moanin' Low" (popularized initially by Libby Holman) and Bob Hope's trademark tune "Thanks For The Memory." See more »

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Libra

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