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Harry Ruby (1895–1974)

As 'Harry Ruby', Harry Rubenstein was a 'song plugger' for Gus Edwards and for George Gershwin at Jerome H. Remick's, the Detroit music publishing firm. He had unfulfilled ambitions to become a professional baseball player and had previously worked the vaudeville circuit as a pianist with The Bootblack Trio and The Messenger Boys Trio. Ruby's luck... See full bio »

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 1957-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series) (composer - 211 episodes)
- Pals (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Don't Be Nosey (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Peacemakers (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Partners (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Auction (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
 1961 One Happy Family (TV Series) (composer - 5 episodes)
- Big Night (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- Sky Diver (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- Charley, Executive at Large (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- Love's Big Omelette (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- For Better or Worse (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
 1950 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (composer: theme song "Hooray for Captain Spalding")
 1934 Kentucky Kernels (music and lyrics by)
 1934 Happiness Ahead (music & lyrics by)
 1934 Thirty Day Princess (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray! (music and lyrics by)
 1933 Duck Soup (music and lyrics by)
 1932 Horse Feathers (music and lyrics by)
 1930 Check and Double Check (music by)
 1930 The Cuckoos (lyrics and music by)
 1930 Alias French Gertie (composer: stock music - uncredited)
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Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1913. Music by Raymond Hubbell. Additional numbers by Gene Buck and Dave Stamper. Based on material by George V. Hobart. Musical Director: Frank Darling. Additional music by Will D. Cobb, Harry Ruby [earliest Broadway credit], Earl Carroll and Leo Edwards. Directed by Julian Mitchell. New Amsterdam Theatre: ... See more »

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[on beginning his career as a 'song-plugger'] I knew how to play the piano, and that's how I got the job. Twenty-five bucks a week. It was a very nice job - only seven days a week, eleven in the morning until one in the morning. Here's what pluggers had to do. Every one of the publishing companies would have four, five, maybe even ten little offices with pianos. The vaudeville actors, the cafe ... See more »


Once paired with future Columbia Pictures' mogul Harry Cohn as a musical act. The pair plugged songs unsuccessfully for about a year around 1910 before splitting up. See more »


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