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Jay Gorney (1896–1990)

Composer, songwriter ("Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"), producer, author and teacher. He arrived in the USA in 1906 and was educated at the University of Michigan (BA, LL.B)) and was also a music student of Earl Moore. He composed five Michigan Union musicals, and became a United States Navy bandmaster during World War II. His Broadway stage ... See full bio »

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 2014 Something Must Break (writer: "You're My Thrill")
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009) ... (writer: "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?")
 2009 Watchmen (writer: "You're My Thrill")
 2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (writer: "Brother Can You Spare a Dime")
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues ("What Wouldn't I Do for That Man")
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (music: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" - uncredited)
 1994 Forrest Gump ("Paramount Newsreel Music" (1930))
 1990 The Simpsons (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish (1990) ... (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" - uncredited)
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("You're My Thrill")
 1987 The Final Arrangement (writer: "You Are My Thrill")
 1976 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Karen Black/John Prine (1976) ... (writer: "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime")
 1976 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (1976) ... (music: "New York, New York / The Fleet's In / Hey, Big Spender/ Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? / Ten Cents a Dance")
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (1931), "We're Out of the Red" (1934))
 1973 The Graham Kennedy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 1 March 1973 (1973) ... (writer: "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?")
 1971 Our American Musical Heritage (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 September 1971 (1971) ... (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" - uncredited)
 1970 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 16 November 1970 (1970) ... (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" - uncredited)
 1970 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.22 (1970) ... (writer: "Baby, Take A Bow")
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (music: "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" (1932) - uncredited)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dateline II (1955) ... (writer: "You're My Thrill")
 1946 Chi Chi Castenango (Short) (music: "In Chi-Chi-Castenango")
 1945 The Gay Senorita (writer: "Juarez and Lincoln")
 1945 Roughly Speaking (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" - uncredited)
 1944 Meet the People (music: "Meet the People" (1940))
 1944 Hey, Rookie (writer: "Streamlined Sheik", "You're Good for My Morale", "Hey Rookie")
 1943 The Heat's On (music: "I'm Just a Stranger in Town" (1943), "There Goes That Guitar" (1943), "The White Keys and the Black Keys" (1943), "They Looked So Pretty on the Envelope" (1943), "Hello, Mi Amigo" (1943))
 1943 The More the Merrier (music: "The Torpedo Song" (1943))
 1940 Young People (music: "Baby Take a Bow" (1934) - uncredited)
 1938 Romance in the Dark (writer: "Bewitched by the Night")
 1935 Dangerous (music: "You Nasty Man" - uncredited)
 1935 Sweet Surrender (music: "I Came To Life When I Found You" (incidental music))
 1935 Redheads on Parade (music: "I Found A Dream", "Redheads on Parade", "I've Got Your Future All Planned")
 1935 Manhattan Moon (music: "Manhattan Moon" - uncredited)
 1935 Spring Tonic (lyrics: "Tonight There's a Spell on the Moon") / (music: "Tonight There's a Spell on the Moon")
 1935 The Lottery Lover (music: "There's a Bit of Paree in You", "Ting-a-Ling-a-Ling", "Close Your Eyes and See", "All For the Love of a Girl")
 1935 Bordertown (music: "You Nasty Man" (1933) - uncredited)
 1934 Marie Galante (music: "Song of a Dreamer", "It's Home")
 1934 Embarrassing Moments (music: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?") / (writer: "I Won't Think About Tomorrow")
 1934 Springtime for Henry (music: "Forbidden Lips")
 1934 Romance in the Rain (music: "Love At Last", "F'r Instance, Take Me")
 1934 Wild Gold (music: "I've Got You On the Top of My List", "Cute Little Rumba (Rum-Ti-Di-Um-Ba Bay)")
 1934 Stand Up and Cheer! (music: "I'm Laughin'" (1934), "Baby, Take a Bow" (1934), "Broadway's Gone Hill-Billy" (1934), "This Is Our Last Night Together" (1934), "We're Out of the Red" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 Carolina (music: "Carolina")
 1933 Take a Chance (music: "I Did It with My Little Ukulele" - uncredited)
 1933 Jimmy and Sally (music: "It's the Irish in Me", "You're My Thrill", "Eat Marlowe's Meats")
 1933 Moonlight and Pretzels (music: "Ah, But Is It Love?", "Moonlight and Pretzels", "Dusty Shoes", "Let's Make Love Like Crocodiles" - uncredited)
 1932 They Call It Sin (music: "Where Are You?" (1932) - uncredited)
 1931 Any Little Girl That's a Nice Little Girl (Short) (music: "WHAT WOULDN'T I DO FOR THAT MAN?")
 1930 A Million Me's (Short) (music: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" - uncredited)
 1930 Roadhouse Nights (music: "It Can't Go On Like This")
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (music: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" (1929) - uncredited)
 1929 Battle of Paris (music: "When I Am Housekeeping For You", "What Makes My Baby Blue")
 1929 Applause (music: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?")
Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Composer (3 credits)
Show Show Music department (4 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Self (1 credit)

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Stage Play: Top-Hole. Musical comedy. Music by Jay Gorney and Robert Braine. Book by Eugene Conrad and George Dill. Revised by Gladys Unger. Lyrics by Owen Murphy and Eugene Conrad. Musical Director: Hilding Andersson. Additional numbers by Harry Richman. Choreographed by David Bennett and Seymour Felix. Scenic Design by Rollo Wayne. ... See more »

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