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Date of Birth 21 June 1904Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire [now Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland]
Date of Death 28 February 1959New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameMorris Gittler

Mini Bio (1)

Mack Gordon was born on June 21, 1904 in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire as Morris Gittler. He was married to Elizabeth Cook and Rose Ponelli. He died on February 28, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (2)

Elizabeth Cook (1939 - 1948)
Rose Ponelli (? - 1936) (2 children)

Trivia (4)

Mack Gordon's family emigrated to New York in about 1908.
Starting in vaudeville as an actor, and then as a lyricist, he later teamed with pianist Harry Revel. Following their contributions to the 1931 Ziegfeld Follies, Paramount offered them a contract.
His popular-song compositions include "You'll Never Know" (Academy Award, 1943), "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo", "Time on My Hands", "Help Yourself to Happiness", "Listen to the German Band", "Underneath the Harlem Moon", "I Played Fiddle for the Czar", "An Orchid to You", "A Tree Was a Tree", "It Was a Night in June", "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?", "Doin' the Uptown Lowdown", "She Reminds Me of You", "Once in a Blue Moon", "May I?", "Love Thy Neighbor", "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming", "Stay as Sweet as You Are", "College Rhythm", "Take a Number From One to Ten", "Straight From the Shoulder", "My Heart Is an Open Book", "Lookie, Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie", "Paris In the Spring", "Without a Word of Warning", "Takes Two to Make a Bargain", "From the Top of Your Head to the Tip of Your Toes", "I Feel Like a Feather in the Breeze", "You Hit the Spot", "A Star Fell Out of Heaven", "Goodnight, My Love", "In Old Chicago", "But Definitely", "Oh My Goodness", "When I'm With You", "It's Swell of You", "Never in a Million Years", "Wake Up and Live", "There's a Lull in My Life", "Afraid to Dream", "Danger, Love at Work", "You Can't Have Everything", "May I Have the Next Romance With You", "Sweet Someone", "An Old Straw Hat", "In Any Language", "Meet the Beat of My Heart", "Thanks For Everything", "You Say the Sweetest Things, Baby", "Two Dreams Met", "Down Argentine Way", "It Happened in Sun Valley", "I Know Why", "I Yi Yi Yi Yi I Like You Very Much", "Chica Chica Boom Chic", "There Will Never Be Another You", "I Had the Craziest Dream", "People Like You and Me", "At Last", "Serenade in Blue", "My Heart Tells Me", "The More I See You", "Once Too Often", "I Can't Begin to Tell You", "On the Boardwalk at Atlantic City", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "Somewhere in the Night", "Kokomo, Indiana", "You Do", "Everytime I Meet You", "What Did I Do?", "It Happens Every Spring", "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing", "Mam'selle", "A Lady Loves", "Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me", "Wilhelmina", "Nowhere Guy", "All About Love", "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" and "Somebody Soon".
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

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