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Ray Henderson (I) (1896–1970)

Songwriter ("The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Birth of the Blues", "Button Up Your Overcoat"), composer, pianist, publisher and producer, educated at the Chicago Conservatory. He was a pianist in dance bands and an arranger for New York publishing companies in vaudeville. In 1925, he joined B. G. DeSylva and Lew Brown as a songwriting team and ... See full bio »
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 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee")
 2014/I Swing (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2014 Magic in the Moonlight (writer: "It All Depends On You")
 2013 Adoration (writer: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2012 Parental Guidance (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 2012 Lore (writer: "Don't Bring Lulu" - as Henderson)
 2012 Killing Them Softly (writer: "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries")
 2012 Cloclo (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2011/II Day of the Falcon (writer: "I'm Sitting On The Top of The World")
 2011 Water for Elephants (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Don't Tell Him What Happened to Me")
 2011 The Rite (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (writer: "My Sin")
 2010 Nanny McPhee Returns ("The Best Things In Life Are Free")
 2009 My Sister's Keeper (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2009 Public Enemies (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1926))
 2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2007 The Water Horse (writer: "If I Had a Talking Picture of You")
 2006 The History Boys (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2006 Click (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2005 King Kong (writer: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2005 Two for the Money (writer: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World")
 2005 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (music: "Sitting on Top of the World" (1925))
 2005 The Clan (music: "The Birth of the Blues")
 2004 Melinda and Melinda (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 2004 Being Julia (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (writer: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World")
 2003 Alex & Emma (writer: "It All Depends on You")
 2003 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days ("Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2003 Northfork (writer: "It All Depends on You" (1926))
 2002 People I Know (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 2002 Hey Arnold! The Movie (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 2001 Invincible (music: "You're the Cream in My Coffee" (1928))
 2001 Enigma (music: "Black Bottom" (1926))
 2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 2000 Loser (writer: "The Best Things in Life are Free", "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1999 Dogma (writer: "Alabamy Bound")
 1998 You've Got Mail (writer: "Dummy Song")
 1998 Home Fries (writer: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 1997 This World, Then the Fireworks (writer: "THE THRILL IS GONE")
 1996 Everyone Says I Love You (writer: "I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All?" (1929))
 1996 Jack (music: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1995 Richard III (writer: "I'm Sitting On The Top Of The World")
 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927))
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1993 King of the Hill (lyrics: "If I Had a Girl Like You" (1925)) / (music: "If I Had a Girl Like You" (1925))
 1993 Twenty Bucks (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1992 A River Runs Through It (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1992 White Men Can't Jump (writer: "THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE")
 1991 Wild Blade (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1991 Billy Bathgate (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1990/I Jacob's Ladder (writer: "SONNY BOY" - as R. Henderson)
 1988 Ihmiselon ihanuus ja kurjuus (arranger: "Hold My Hand") / (writer: "Hold My Hand")
 1988 Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (music: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1985 The Passing (music: "That Old Gang of Mine")
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo (music: "Alabamy Bound" (1925))
 1985 The Sure Thing (writer: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - as Henderson)
 1983 Phar Lap (music: "Follow the Swallow" - uncredited)
 1983 Zelig (lyrics: "Sunny Side Up" (1929)) / (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (1925), "Sunny Side Up" (1929), "Five Feet Two, Eyes of Blue" (1925))
 1983 The Survivors ("LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES")
 1982 Lonely Hearts (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1982 Toto (lyrics: "Sonny Boy") / (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (music: "I Want to Be Bad" (1929), "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (1931))
 1981 The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (music: "Lucky Day", "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1981 Das Boot (music: "Varsity Rag" - uncredited)
 1981 Mommie Dearest (as Henderson, "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World")
 1980 Melvin and Howard (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1979 Something Short of Paradise (writer: "You Try Somebody Else")
 1978 Just a Gigolo (music: "Black Bottom")
 1978 The Cheap Detective (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1977 Julia (music: "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" (1926) - uncredited)
 1976 The Ritz (music: "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" - uncredited)
 1974 The Front Page ("Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1974 California Split (writer: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1974 The Great Gatsby (music: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue")
 1973 Class of '44 (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1973 Paper Moon (music: "Sunnyside Up" (1929) - uncredited)
 1972 The Ruling Class (writer: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1971 What's the Matter with Helen? (writer: "Animal Crackers in My Soup", "Oh, You Nasty Man", "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1971 Loving Memory (music: "Button Up Your Overcoat" - uncredited)
 1970 Myra Breckinridge (music: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" - uncredited)
 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1968 Isadora (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1968 Anzio (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1967 Bonnie and Clyde (music: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1967 The Cool Ones (music: "Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1967 Stimulantia (writer: "Sunny Side Up" (segment "Upptäckten") - uncredited)
 1964 Swingers' Paradise (writer: "If I Had A Talking Picture of You")
 1963 Palm Springs Weekend (music: "Bye, Bye, Blackbird")
 1963 Maskenball bei Scotland Yard - Die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Erfindung (music: "The Best Things in Life Are Free")
 1962 Tender Is the Night (writer: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)" - uncredited)
 1959 The FBI Story (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1957 Peyton Place (music: "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" (1929) - uncredited)
 1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free (music: "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", "This Is the Missus", "Together", "It All Depends on You", "You Try Somebody Else (We'll Be Back Together Again)", "Without Love")
 1956 He Laughed Last (writer: "Strike me Pink")
 1955 Pete Kelly's Blues (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1955 Love Me or Leave Me (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "It All Depends On You", "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)" - uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born (music: "Black Bottom" - uncredited)
 1953 The Eddie Cantor Story (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1952 The Jazz Singer (writer: "The Birth of the Blues")
 1952 Farlig kurva (music: "Why Did I Kiss That Girl?" (1924) - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Did I Kiss That Girl?" (1924) - uncredited)
 1952 Rainbow 'Round My Shoulders (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird")
 1952 Has Anybody Seen My Gal (music: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" [Has Anybody Seen My Gal?] - uncredited)
 1952 The Winning Team (music: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1952 Belles on Their Toes (music: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)", "Don't Bring Lulu")
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (writer: "ALABAMY BOUND")
 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (music: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1951 Grounds for Marriage (writer: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" - uncredited)
 1949 Thieves' Highway (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)" - uncredited)
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (music: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything (music: "The Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Bam Bam Bamy Shore", "Don't Bring Lulu", "The Birth of the Blues")
 1948 The Return of Wildfire (music: "The Old Sombrero")
 1948 The Street with No Name (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited)
 1948 Bill and Coo (music: "Tweet-Tweet")
 1947 Good News (music: "Good News", "Tait Song", "Be a Ladies' Man", "Lucky in Love", "The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Just Imagine", "Varsity Drag" - uncredited)
 1946 Margie (music: "Button Up Your Overcoat")
 1946 The Jolson Story (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" - uncredited)
 1945 George White's Scandals (music: "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries")
 1945 Blonde from Brooklyn (music: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1944 Since You Went Away (music: "Together" (1928) - uncredited)
 1944 Mr. Skeffington (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1926) - uncredited)
 1944 Show Business (music: "Alabamy Bound" (1924) - uncredited)
 1944 Two Girls and a Sailor (music: "Has Anybody Seen My Girl?" (1925) - uncredited)
 1944 Chip Off the Old Block (lyrics: "My Song") / (music: "My Song")
 1943 Shantytown (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" - uncredited)
 1943 He's My Guy (writer: "On the Old Assembly Line")
 1942 Broadway (music: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1942 Roxie Hart (music: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted", "Black Bottom")
 1941 Babes on Broadway (music: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1941 Unholy Partners (music: "It All Depends on You" - uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues (music: "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast (music: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1941 Penny Serenade (writer: "Just a Memory" - uncredited)
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark (music: "Up the Chimney Go My Dreams" - uncredited)
 1940 Strike Up the Band (music: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl)?" (1925) - uncredited)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1926) - uncredited)
 1938 Hard to Get (music: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (music: "Animal Crackers in My Soup")
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (music: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1936 King of Burlesque (music: "Alabamy Bound" (1925) - uncredited)
 1935 Show Them No Mercy! (music: "Oh, You Nasty Man")
 1935 Curly Top (music: "Animal Crackers in My Soup" (1935), "When I Grow Up" (1935), "Curly Top" (1935), "It's All So New to Me" (1935), "The Simple Things in Life" (1935) - uncredited)
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals (music: "Black Bottom" (1926) - uncredited)
 1935 The Great Hotel Murder (music: "So Nice" - uncredited)
 1934 George White's Scandals (music: "Nasty Man", "Sweet and Simple", "Hold My Hand", "Six Women", "So Nice", "My Dog Loves Your Dog", "Every Day Is Father's Day With Baby", "Following In Mother's Footsteps")
 1933 March of the Movies (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1933 Grand Slam (music: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1932 Doctor X (music: "Black Bottom" (1926) - uncredited)
 1932 Two Seconds (music: "Lucky Day" - uncredited)
 1932 The Hatchet Man (music: "Alabamy Bound" - uncredited)
 1931/I The Champ (music: "Don't Tell Her What Happened to Me" (1930) - uncredited)
 1931 The Cisco Kid (writer: "My Tonia")
 1931 Five Star Final (music: "One More Time" (1931) - uncredited)
 1931 A Holy Terror (music: "(I'm a Dreamer) Aren't We All?", "I Am the Words (You Are the Music)" - uncredited)
 1931 Indiscreet (music: "If You Haven't Got Love", "Come to Me" - uncredited)
 1930 Follow the Leader (music: "Broadway (The Heart of the World)" - uncredited)
 1930 Just Imagine (music: "(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 (music: "Button Up Your Overcoat", "You Wouldn't Fool Me, Would You?", "I Want to Be Bad")
 1930 Good News (music: "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 Rain or Shine (writer: "Sunny Side Up" - uncredited)
 1930 The Big Pond (music: "Lucky Day")
 1930 Hold Everything ("You're The Cream In My Coffee", "To Know You Is To Love You", "Don't Hold Everything")
 1929 Glorifying the American Girl (music: "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1926) - uncredited)
 1929 Say It with Songs (music: "I'm in Seventh Heaven", "Little Pal", "Used to You" - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Can't You", "Back in Your Own Backyard" - uncredited)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (writer: "You're The Cream In My Coffee" - uncredited)
 1929 Blackmail ("Sonny Boy" (1928), uncredited) / (writer: "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1927) - uncredited)
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (music: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1928 In Old Arizona (lyrics: "My Tonia" - as Henderson) / (music: "My Tonia" - as Henderson)
 1928 Show People (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (1925) - uncredited)
 1928 The Singing Fool (music: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "It All Depends on You", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1928 Our Dancing Daughters (music: " (Here Am I) Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Billy Barnes People. Musical revue. Book by Bob Rodgers. Music by Billy Barnes. Lyrics by Billy Barnes [final Broadway credit]. Music arranged by Ray Henderson [final Broadway credit during lifetime]. Cartoons by William Box. Directed by Bob Rodgers. Royale Theatre: 13 Jun 1961- 17 Jun 1961 (7 performances). Cast: Ken Berry... See more »

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