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Ted Fio Rito (1900–1971)

Composer, songwriter ("Charley My Boy", "I Never Knew"), conductor and pianist, educated at Barringer High School. He was a pianist for a New York music publishing company, and then organized a dance orchestra in St. Louis, and then in Chicago. He made many recordings and also owned a membership club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining ASCAP in 1921, ... See full bio »

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The Remains of the Day
Primary Colors
Primary Colors Soundtrack
Leatherheads Soundtrack
Bessie Soundtrack


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 2015 Bessie (TV Movie) (writer: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - as Ted Fiorito)
 2008 Leatherheads (writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie Good-Bye" - as Ted Fiorito)
 2002 City of Ghosts (music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight" (1931) - as Ted Fiorito)
 2001 The Cat's Meow (writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie! (Good-Bye)" (1922))
 2000 Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh!" (1928))
 1998 Primary Colors (writer: "TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE! (GOODBYE)" - as Ted Fiorito)
 1993 The Remains of the Day (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon")
 1988 Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1978 Pennies from Heaven (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Better Think Twice (1978) ... (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" - uncredited)
- Easy Come, Easy Go (1978) ... (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" - uncredited)
- The Sweetest Thing (1978) ... (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" - uncredited)
- Down Sunnyside Lane (1978) ... (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" - uncredited)
 1975 Train Ride to Hollywood (writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye")
 1967 Magical Mystery Tour (TV Movie) (writer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goodbye)" - uncredited)
 1956 Raw! Raw! Rooster! (Short) (music: "Sometime" - uncredited)
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited)
 1951 The Prize Pest (Short) (music: "King for a Day" - uncredited)
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams (music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited) / (writer: "No, No, Nora" - uncredited)
 1950 Two's a Crowd (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh")
 1949 Tokyo Joe (music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited)
 1948 Daffy Dilly (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1948 Hot Cross Bunny (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1948 Hop, Look and Listen (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1948 What Makes Daffy Duck (Short) (music: "King for a Day")
 1947 A Pest in the House (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1947 Johnny O'Clock (music: "I Never Knew (That Roses Grew)" - uncredited)
 1946 Acrobatty Bunny (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1946 Universal Merrily We Sing Series No. 1: Sing and Be Happy (Short) (writer: "I Never Knew")
 1944 Duck Soup to Nuts (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1944 Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (Short) (music: "King For a Day")
 1943 Here Comes Elmer (writer: "Egga Dagga")
 1943 Wagon Wheels West (Short) (music: "Underneath a Western Sky" - uncredited)
 1943 Yankee Doodle Daffy (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1943 King of the Cowboys (writer: "Roll Along Prairie Moon")
 1943 Reveille with Beverly (music: "Thumbs Up and V for Victory")
 1942 Lights Fantastic (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1942 Dog Tired (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1941 Porky's Pooch (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1941 Skyline Serenade (Short) (performer: "Tonight We Love" (from Tschaikowsky's Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor))
 1940 A Wild Hare (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (1928) - uncredited)
 1939 The Cowboy Quarterback (music: "Underneath a Western Sky" (1936) - uncredited)
 1936 I Love to Singa (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1936 Song of the Saddle (music: "Underneath a Western Sky" (1936) - uncredited)
 1935 Here Comes the Band (lyrics: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" (1935) - as Ted Fiorito) / (music: "Roll Along Prairie Moon" (1935) - as Ted Fiorito)
 1935 Every Night at Eight (music: "Then You've Never Been Blue")
 1935 Broadway Gondolier ("Outside of You" (1935), uncredited)
 1934 Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (Short) (performer: "King Kamehameha" - uncredited) / (writer: "King Kamehameha" - uncredited)
 1933 The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble (writer: "Do You Believe in Love at First Sight" - as Ted Fiorito)
 1932 Three on a Match (music: "Three on a Match" (1932) - uncredited)
 1932 Blondie of the Follies (music: "Three on a Match" (1932) - uncredited)
 1931 Mata Hari (music: "Now That You're Gone" - uncredited)
 1931 Words & Music (Short) (music: "Now That You're Gone" - uncredited)
 1931 A Holy Terror (music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight?" - uncredited)
 1930 Circus Capers (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1930 Double Cross Roads (music: "Do You Believe in Love at Sight?")
 1930 The Musicale (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1929 Jack White with the Montrealers (Short) (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1928 The Singing Fool (music: "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" - uncredited)
 1927 The Jazz Singer (writer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" (1922) - uncredited)
 1926 His Pastimes (Short) (music: "I Never Knew" - uncredited)
 1924 Oh Mabel (Short) (music: "Oh, Mabel!" - as Ted Fiorito)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: George White's Scandals [1928]. Musical revue. Music by Ray Henderson. Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Book by George White and William K. Wells. Musical Direction by William Daly. Featuring songs by Ballard MacDonald, Dave Dreyer, Ted Fio Rito [only Broadway credit during lifetime], Abel Baer, J. Fred Coots and Neil ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Ted Fiorito | Ted Fio Rito and His Orchestra | himself

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Jerry Lewis first wife, Patti Lewis, was a singer with Ted Fio Rito and his Orchestra. She left Rito's orchestra some time in late 1944 and joined Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra. Patti Palmer was her stage name; her birth name was Esther Calonico. See more »

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