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Buddy G. DeSylva (1895–1950)

Prolific songwriter ("April Showers", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Look for the Silver Lining", "California, Here I Come"), composer, producer, publisher and author, educated at USC. He wrote songs for the Broadway musicals "Sinbad", "Sally", "The Perfect Fool", "The French Doll", and the 1918 and 1921 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1925, he ... See full bio »

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 2014 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Week 5 (2014) ... (writer: "Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 2014 Magic in the Moonlight (writer: "It All Depends On You" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2014 Mad Men (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Waterloo (2014) ... (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - uncredited)
 2012 Parental Guidance (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as B. G. DeSylva)
 2012 Vegas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bad Seeds (2012) ... (writer: "Lucky Day")
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2011) (music - 1 episode, 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- To the Lost (2011) ... (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
- What Does the Bee Do? (2011) ... (music: "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet" - uncredited)
- A Dangerous Maid (2011) ... (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
- Hold Me in Paradise (2010) ... (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
- Boardwalk Empire (2010) ... (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - uncredited)
 2011 Downton Abbey (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (2011) ... (lyrics: "Look For The Silver Lining" - as B.G. DeSylva, uncredited)
 2011 Water for Elephants (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Don't Tell Him What Happened To Me")
 2011 The Rite (writer: "Sonny Boy" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.101 (2010) ... (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" - uncredited)
 2010 Lennon Naked (TV Movie) (writer: "Sonny Boy" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2010 Marmaduke (writer: "California" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (writer: "My Sin" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns (as B.G. DeSylva, "The Best Things In Life Are Free")
 2009 Busman's Holiday (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" (1921))
 2009 The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (Documentary) (writer: "Save Your Sorrow (for Tomorrow)")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Sonny Boy", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Come to Me", "If You Haven't Got Love", "You're the Cream in My Coffee" - uncredited)
 2007 Ballet Shoes (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 2007 The Water Horse (writer: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (writer: "Avalon", "Alabamy Bound")
 2007 The Good Life (writer: "Do It Again" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2006 The Beales of Grey Gardens (Documentary) (lyrics: "Should I Be Sweet?")
 2006 Click (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2006 7th Heaven (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Magic of Gershwin (2006) ... (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - as B. G. De Sylva)
 2005 These Foolish Things (lyrics: "Rise n Shine")
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2005 The White Countess (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as B.G. Desylva)
 2005 The Clan (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 2004 Dean Martin: Encore (Video) (lyrics: "You're an Old Smoothie" - uncredited)
 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (1922), "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva) / (music: "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva)
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Political Dr. Seuss (2004) ... (writer: "Black Bottom", "The Varsity Drag" - as DeSylva)
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (Video documentary) (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues")
 2003 Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (Documentary) (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as De Sylva)
 2003 The Saddest Music in the World (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - as Buddy De Sylva)
 2003 Alex & Emma (writer: "It All Depends on You" - as BG De Sylvia)
 2003 Northfork (writer: "It All Depends on You" (1926) - as BG De Sylva)
 2003 Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free") / (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 2001 Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (Documentary) (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee")
 2001 I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 2001 Invincible (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" (1928) - as B.G. de Sylva)
 2001 The Cat's Meow (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920), "Somebody Loves Me" (1924) - as B.G. DeSylva) / (writer: "April Showers" (1921), "California Here I Come" (1924) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (writer: "Sonny Boy" - as Buddy de Sylva)
 2000 Loser (writer: "The Best Things in Life are Free", "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1999 The End of the Affair (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - as Buddy DeSylva)
 1999 Great Performances (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) ... (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining")
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (lyrics: "When Day Is Done" (1926) - as Buddy DeSylva) / (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as Buddy DeSylva)
 1999 Dogma (writer: "Alabamy Bound" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1999 Buena Vista Social Club (Documentary) (writer: "Black Bottom")
 1999 Man of the Century (writer: "Look for the Silver Lining" - as Bud DeSylva)
 1999 Skinnamarink TV (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Rhyme (1999) ... (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag")
 1997 Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "April Showers", "Avalon")
 1997 L.A. Confidential (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" (1920) - as Bud DeSylva)
 1996 Everyone Says I Love You (writer: "I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?" (1929) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1996 Jack (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1995 Jack & Sarah (writer: "Look for the Silver Lining")
 1995 Barbra: The Concert (TV Special documentary) (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" (1926) - uncredited)
 1994 Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... (writer: "Sunny Side Up")
 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1993 Twenty Bucks (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE" - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars (TV Mini-Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Lion in Winter (1992) ... (lyrics: "Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1991 Shadows and Fog (as B.G. DeSylva, "When Day Is Done" (1926))
 1990 Missing Persons (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1990/I Jacob's Ladder (writer: "SONNY BOY" - as B.G. de Silva)
 1990 Cheers (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mr. Otis Regrets (1990) ... (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1989 Roger & Me (Documentary) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1989 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Last Chase (1989) ... (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1987 September (as B.G. De Sylva, "When Day is Done")
 1987 In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern (TV Movie) (writer: "Look for the Silver Lining")
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster (writer: "April Showers")
 1986 Daar gaat de bruid (TV Movie) (writer: "Callifornia Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1985-1986 Mother and Son (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Picnic (1986) ... (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
- The Aunt (1985) ... (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (writer: "Avalon" - as B.G. De Sylva)
  Webster (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1985) (music - 1 episode, 1985)
- And Baby Makes Breakfast (1985) ... (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up") / (music: "Sunny Side Up")
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1985 The Sure Thing (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as DeSylva)
 1983 Phar Lap (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1983 Zelig (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" (1929) - as B.G. Desylva) / (music: "Sunny Side Up" (1929) - as B.G. Desylva)
 1983 The 37th Annual Tony Awards (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Stairway to Paradise", "Somebody Loves Me")
  M*A*S*H (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1983) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1978)
- Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen (1983) ... (writer: "California, Here I Come")
- Morale Victory (1980) ... (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)")
- Mr. and Mrs. Who? (1979) ... (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
- Mail Call Three (1978) ... (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1983 Death and Transfiguration (Short) (writer: "It All Depends on You")
 1982 It Came from Hollywood (Documentary) (lyrics: "Turn on the Heat" - uncredited)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (lyrics: "I Want to Be Bad" (1929), "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (1931))
 1981 George Burns' Early, Early, Early Christmas Special (TV Special) (writer: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1981 Sapphire & Steel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Doctor McDee Must Die: Part 2 (1981) ... (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
 1981 Arthur (writer: "If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" - uncredited)
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
 1981 American Pop (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining", "Somebody Loves Me" - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1980 Big Blonde (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining")
 1979 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Archie's New Partner: Part 2 (1979) ... (lyrics: "Sunnyside Up" - uncredited)
 1979 Something Short of Paradise (writer: "You Try Somebody Else" - as B. G. DeSylva)
 1979 The 33rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Lucky Day")
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes, 1977 - 1979) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Roger Miller (1979) ... (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
- Lou Rawls (1977) ... (writer: "Sonny Boy")
- Steve Martin (1977) ... (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag")
- George Burns (1977) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1978 De Mike Burstyn show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1978 All in the Family (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mike's New Job (1978) ... (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1978 Happy Days (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Grandpa's Visit (1978) ... (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1976 The George Burns Special (TV Special) (writer: "April Showers")
 1976 A Matter of Time (lyrics: "Do It Again" - as B.G. DeSilva) / (music: "Do It Again" - as B.G. DeSilva)
 1976 The Ritz (lyrics: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1976 Seven Nights in Japan (writer: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1975 Philadelphia, Here I Come (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1975 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Disillusion (1975) ... (writer: "California, Here I Come!" - as Buddy DeSylva, uncredited)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - as Desylva)
 1975 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 3 March 1975 (1975) ... (writer: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise")
 1974 The Front Page (as B.G. DeSylva, "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1972-1974 The Waltons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Marathon (1974) ... (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
- The Legend (1972) ... (writer: "Polly Wolly Doodle")
 1974 The Ernie Sigley Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 29 October 1974 (1974) ... (writer: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise")
 1974 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Lou and That Woman (1974) ... (lyrics: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1974 California Split (lyrics: "You're an Old Smoothie" - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag" (1927) - uncredited)
 1973 Paper Moon (lyrics: "Sunnyside Up" (1929) - uncredited)
 1973 An Evening with Marlene Dietrich (Documentary) (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee")
 1972 The Ruling Class (writer: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1971 Our American Musical Heritage (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 September 1971 (1971) ... (lyrics: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1971 Summer of '42 (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" (1938) - uncredited)
  The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 4 episodes, 1960 - 1971) (writer - 2 episodes, 1963 - 1968)
- Episode #24.24 (1971) ... (lyrics: "Look for The Silver Lining")
- Episode #22.2 (1968) ... (writer: "I Gave Her That" - uncredited)
- Episode #17.21 (1964) ... (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
- Episode #17.20 (1964) ... (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
- Episode #16.29 (1963) ... (writer: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1966-1970 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 6 episodes)
- Episode #6.14 (1970) ... (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - uncredited)
- Episode #3.30 (1968) ... (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
- Episode #3.28 (1968) ... (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
- Episode #3.21 (1968) ... (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
- Episode #3.6 (1967) ... (lyrics: "Together" - uncredited)
 1970 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 November 1970 (1970) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1970 Dad's Army (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Boots, Boots, Boots (1970) ... (music: "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You" - uncredited)
 1969 This Is Tom Jones (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.13 (1969) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends On You")
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1969 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (TV Movie) (writer: "California Here It Comes" (End Titles) - as Bud De Sylva)
 1968 A Little of What You Fancy (Documentary) (writer: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1968 Star! (writer: "'N' Everything")
 1968 Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee", "You're an Old Smoothie" - uncredited)
 1968 Magic of Marlene (TV Movie) (lyrics: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part 2 (1967) ... (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1967 The Cool Ones (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues")
 1967 Stimulantia (writer: "Sunny Side Up" (segment "Upptäckten") - uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics: "Do It Again" - uncredited)
 1966 The Silencers (writer: "If You Knew Susie")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (music - 1 episode, 1964)
- Episode #2.17 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Avalon")
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... (lyrics: "California Here I Come")
- Episode #1.2 (1964) ... (music: "If I Had a Picture of You")
  The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1965)
- Songs of the Sun and Moon (1965) ... (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" - uncredited) / (writer: "Wishing" - uncredited)
 1964 Swingers' Paradise (writer: "If I Had A Talking Picture of You")
 1964 Judy Garland in Concert (Documentary) (lyrics: "Lucky Day")
 1963 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (1963) ... (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues")
 1963 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1963) ... (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1963 The Judy Garland Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up", "If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" - uncredited)
 1963 The Avengers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- School for Traitors (1963) ... (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
  The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1962) (writer - 1 episode, 1957)
- Episode #7.3 (1962) ... (lyrics: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.8 (1957) ... (writer: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall (TV Special documentary) (writer: "History of Musical Comedy)
 1962 Arthur Freed's Hollywood Melody (TV Movie) (lyrics: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You" - uncredited)
 1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Alexander Hamilton Story (1962) ... (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1962 Wet Hare (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1961 A Majority of One (lyrics: "Yoo-Hoo" - uncredited)
 1961 Susan Slade (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1960 The Roaring 20's (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Layoff Charley (1960) ... (lyrics: "Black Bottom" - uncredited)
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Swan Song for a Hero (1960) ... (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1958-1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 4 episodes)
- Episode #12.30 (1960) ... (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
- Episode #12.4 (1959) ... (lyrics: "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries" - uncredited)
- Episode #12.2 (1959) ... (lyrics: "Just a Cottage Small" - uncredited)
- Episode #11.4 (1958) ... (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" - uncredited)
  Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (lyrics - 8 episodes, 1953 - 1960) (writer - 2 episodes, 1956 - 1958)
- Rusty's Advice to Linda (1960) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
- Nightclub Owners (1960) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
- Linda's Tonsils (1958) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
- A Locket for Linda (1958) ... (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - uncredited)
- The Non-Orgs (1957) ... (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow (For Tomorrow)" - uncredited)
 1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 May 1960 (1960) ... (lyrics: "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1959 Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Present High Hopes (TV Movie) (lyrics: "You're an Old Smoothie" - uncredited) / (writer: "Together" - uncredited)
 1957-1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.15 (1959) ... (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "Alabamy Bound", "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
- Episode #2.8 (1957) ... (lyrics: "You're an Old Smoothie" - uncredited)
 1958 Senior Prom (lyrics: "Torna a Sorriento")
 1958 The Eddie Fisher Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 October 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "April Showers", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1958 Jazz Party (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.20 (1958) ... (writer: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1958 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (music: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1958 Universal Special: The Wildest (Short) (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" - uncredited)
 1957 The Edsel Show (TV Special) (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues", "Somebody Loves Me", "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (lyrics: "Avalon", "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.27 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Lucky Day")
- Episode #1.17 (1957) ... (lyrics: "It All Depends on You")
 1957 Home (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 March 1957 (1957) ... (lyrics: "You're the Cream in My Coffee")
 1957 The Rosemary Clooney Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.29 (1957) ... (lyrics: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 1956 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Donut Machine (1956) ... (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1956 Wideo Wabbit (Short) (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1956 Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow")
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free (lyrics: "Lucky Day", "If I Had a Talking Picture of You", "Here Am I, Broken Hearted", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Good News", "You're the Cream in My Coffee", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Lucky in Love", "Black Bottom", "Birth of the Blues", "Sonny Boy", "Follow Thru", "One More Time", "Thank Your Father", "Together", "It All Depends on You", "You Try Somebody Else (We'll Be Back Together Again)", "Without Love")
 1956 He Laughed Last (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow") / (writer: "Strike me Pink")
  The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1956) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1950)
- Night of Vaudeville (1956) ... (writer: "If You Knew Susie" (ncredited))
- The Kleebob Card Game (1950) ... (For Tomorrow", (writer: "Save Your Sorrow) / (lyrics: "April Showers")
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Judy Garland Musical Special (1956) ... (lyrics: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1955 Ralph Marterie and His Orchestra (Short) (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (lyrics: "It All Depends On You" - uncredited)
 1954 Name That Tune (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 October 1954 (1954) ... (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1954 A Star Is Born (lyrics: "Black Bottom" - uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1953 The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Eadie Was a Lady")
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.24 (1953) ... (lyrics: "The Birth Of The Blues", "When Day Is Done" - uncredited)
 1952 The Jazz Singer (writer: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1952 Somebody Loves Me (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (lyrics: "CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME", "ALABAMY BOUND")
 1952 The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.25 (1952) ... (lyrics: "When Day Is Done")
 1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.23 (1952) ... (lyrics: "Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 Audrey the Rainmaker (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 An American in Paris (lyrics: "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (1922) - uncredited)
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me" - uncredited)
 1950 Hunt the Man Down (writer: "WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO")
 1950 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Christmas Show (1950) ... (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - uncredited)
 1950 Bushy Hare (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1950 I'll Get By (lyrics: "Yankee Doodle Blues")
 1950 Chain Lightning (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing (lyrics: "April Showers" (1921) - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "April Showers", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag", "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining", "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1949 Curtain Razor (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1949 A Kiss in the Dark (lyrics: "A Kiss in the Dark" - uncredited)
 1949 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.42 (1949) ... (lyrics: "The Varsity Drag")
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1948 Nothing But the Tooth (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1948 Bill and Coo (lyrics: "Tweet-Tweet")
 1948 April Showers (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1948 If You Knew Susie (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925) - as B.G. DeSylva)
 1947 Good News (lyrics: "Good News", "Tait Song", "Be a Ladies' Man", "Lucky in Love", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Just Imagine", "Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1947 Community Sing 9652: April Showers (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers")
 1947 The Long Night (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - uncredited)
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" - uncredited)
 1946 Margie (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "April Showers') / (music: "April Showers') / (writer: "APRIL SHOWERS", "Avalon")
 1946 The Jolson Story (lyrics: "April Showers", "California, Here I Come", "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1946 Okay for Sound (Documentary short) (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1945 George White's Scandals (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" - uncredited)
 1945 Anchors Aweigh (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925) - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (lyrics: "Blue Monday Blues", "Somebody Loves Me", " (I'll Build a) Stairway to Paradise", "Has One of You Seen Joe?", "I'm Gonna See My Mother", "The Yankee Doodle Blues", "Do It Again" - uncredited)
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" - uncredited)
 1945 The Affairs of Susan (writer: "If You Knew Susie" - uncredited)
 1945 Eadie Was a Lady (lyrics: "EADIE WAS A LADY")
 1944 The Very Thought of You (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1944 Gildersleeve's Ghost (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1944 Show Business (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1924) - uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys (writer: "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)" (1938) - uncredited)
 1944 Broadway Rhythm (lyrics: "Somebody Loves Me")
 1942 Cairo (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920))
 1942 Broadway (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1942 Roxie Hart (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted", "Black Bottom")
 1941 Babes on Broadway (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1941 Unholy Partners (lyrics: "It All Depends on You")
 1941 Birth of the Blues (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1941 Unexpected Uncle (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939)) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939))
 1941 Minstrel Days (Short) (lyrics: "Sonny Boy", "California, Here I Come", "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1941 Penny Serenade (writer: "Just a Memory")
 1941 Meet John Doe (writer: "California, Here I Come" (1921) - uncredited)
 1941 Skinnay Ennis and His Orchestra (Short) (lyrics: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1940 Lucky Partners (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1940 Millionaires in Prison (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939)) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939))
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920))
 1940 Africa Squeaks (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1940 Mexican Spitfire (writer: "Wishing Will Make It So")
 1939 The Great Victor Herbert (lyrics: "A Kiss in the Dark")
 1939 Reno (writer: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 These Glamour Girls (writer: "If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie" (1925) - uncredited)
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 Wardrobe Girl (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 Believe It or Else (Short) (lyrics: "Yoo Hoo")
 1939 Panama Lady (lyrics: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited) / (music: "Wishing (Will Make It So)" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 The Rookie Cop (writer: "Wishing Will Make it So")
 1939 Love Affair (lyrics: "Wishing" (1939) - as B.G. De Sylva) / (music: "Wishing" (1939) - as B.G. De Sylva)
 1939 Jerry Livingston and His Talk of the Town Music (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts (music: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938/I Stardust (Short) (writer: "Memory Lane" - uncredited)
 1938 Hard to Get (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1938 You're an Education (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon")
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 The Kid Comes Back (writer: "California Here I Come" (1921) - uncredited)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention (Documentary short) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (music: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 There Goes the Groom (lyrics: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 Community Sing: Series 2, No. 1 (Short) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1937 Bring on the Girls (Short) (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "April Showers" - uncredited) / (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld (lyrics: "If You Knew Susie" (1925), "Look for the Silver Lining" (1921) - uncredited)
 1936 Love on a Bet (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1936 King of Burlesque (lyrics: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1935 The Littlest Rebel (lyrics: "Polly Wolly Doodle" (1880) - uncredited)
 1935 By Request (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1935 The Payoff (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1935 Music Is Magic (lyrics: "California, Here I Come") / (music: "California, Here I Come")
 1935 Buddy Steps Out (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1935 Under the Pampas Moon (lyrics: "The Gaucho")
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals (lyrics: "Black Bottom" (1926) - uncredited)
 1933 Advice to the Lovelorn (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1933 Take a Chance (lyrics: "So Do I", "Rise 'n' Shine", "Should I Be Sweet (or Hot)?", "Eadie Was a Lady" - uncredited)
 1933 My Weakness (lyrics: "Gather Lip Rouge While You May", "Be Careful", "How Do I Look?") / (music: "Gather Lip Rouge While You May", "Be Careful", "How Do I Look?")
 1933 Crashing the Gate (Short) (lyrics: "St. Louis Blues")
 1933 Melody Cruise (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1932 You Try Somebody Else (Short) (lyrics: "YOU TRY SOMEBODY ELSE (WE'LL BE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN)")
 1932 Two Seconds (lyrics: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1932 The Mouthpiece (lyrics: "Just a Cottage Small (By a Waterfall)" - uncredited)
 1931/I The Champ (lyrics: "Don't Tell Her What Happened to Me" (1930) - uncredited)
 1931 The Cisco Kid (writer: "My Tonia")
 1931 One More Time (Short) (lyrics: "One More Time" - uncredited)
 1931 A Holy Terror (lyrics: "(I'm a Dreamer) Aren't We All?", "I Am the Words (You Are the Music)" - uncredited)
 1931 Indiscreet (lyrics: "If You Haven't Got Love", "Come to Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Follow the Leader (lyrics: "Broadway (The Heart of the World)")
 1930 One Good Turn (Short) ("Don't Tell Her What Happened to Me")
 1930 Just Imagine (lyrics: "(There's Something About) An Old-Fashioned Girl" (1930), "Mothers Ought to Tell Their Daughters" (1930), " (I Am the Words) You Are the Melody" (1930), "The Drinking Song" (1930), "Never Swat a Fly" (1930), "The Romance of Elmer Stremingway" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Follow Thru (lyrics: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?", "I Want to Be Bad")
 1930 Good News (lyrics: "Good News" (1927), "The Varsity Drag" (1927), "Tait Song" (1927), "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927), "He's a Ladies' Man" (1927), "Students Are We" (1927) - uncredited)
 1930 Queen High (writer: "Everything Will Happen for the Best")
 1930 The Big Pond (lyrics: "Lucky Day")
 1930 Hold Everything ("You're The Cream In My Coffee", "To Know You Is To Love You", "Don't Hold Everything")
 1929 Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (Short) (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1929 Sunnyside Up (lyrics: " (I'M A DREAMER) AREN'T WE ALL?", "YOU FIND THE TIME AND I'LL FIND THE PLACE", "YOU'VE GOT ME PICKIN' PETALS OFF O' DAISIES", "SUNNY SIDE UP", "TURN ON THE HEAT", "IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU", "IT'S GREAT TO BE NECKED")
 1929 Sally (lyrics: "Look for the Silver Lining" (1920) - uncredited)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 1929 The Prince of Wails (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1929 Say It with Songs (lyrics: "I'm in Seventh Heaven", "Little Pal", "Used to You" - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Can't You" - uncredited)
 1929 Blackmail ("Sonny Boy" (1928), uncredited) / (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1928 In Old Arizona (lyrics: "My Tonia")
 1928 Song Impressions (Short) (lyrics: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1928 The Singing Fool (lyrics: "It All Depends on You", "Keep Smiling at Trouble", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1928 Dorothy Whitmore (Short) (lyrics: "For Old Time's Sake", "Mammy Is Gone")
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters (lyrics: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
 1928 The Ham What Am (Short) (lyrics: "Magnolia" - uncredited)
 1928 Down South (Short) (lyrics: "Together" - uncredited)
 1928/II Abe Lyman and His Orchestra (Short) (lyrics: "Varsity Drag")
 1928 Lucky Boy (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1927 Broadway's Queen of Jazz (Short) ("Oh Baby, Don't We Get Along ?")
 1927 The Revelers (Short) (lyrics: "Mine" - uncredited)
 1927 What Price Piano (Short) (lyrics: "Save Your Sorrow for Tomorrow" - uncredited)
 1926 A Plantation Act (Short) (lyrics: "April Showers" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: Sally. Musical comedy. Music: Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert. Book by Guy Bolton. Lyrics: Clifford Grey, P.G. Wodehouse. Scenic Design by Joseph Urban. Costume Design by Alice O'Neil. Directed by Edward Royce. New Amsterdam Theatre: 21 Dec 1920- 22 Apr 1922 (561 performances). Cast: Leon Errol (as "Connie/A Waiter at the Alley Inn... See more »

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B.G. De Sylva | George G. De Sylva | B.G. DeSylva | DeSylva | De Sylva
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Co-founded Capitol Records with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs. He and Mercer also founded Cowboy Records (Philadelphia, PA) the same year. See more »

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