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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 November 1891Peoria, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 10 February 1938Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart disease)
Nickname Dick

Mini Bio (1)

Richard A. Whiting was born in Peoria Illinois to a very musical family. After attending Harvard Military Academy Whiting went on to have a long song writing career. In the teens and early 20's Whiting wrote such hits as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "Till We Meet Again," "The Japanese Sandman," "Sleepy Time Gal," and "She's Funny That Way." Whiting's daughter Margaret Whiting the singer was born in 1924 and was the inspiration for his classic song "On the Good Ship Lollipop." Starting in 1929 Whiting went to Hollywood to write songs and scores for films he and his then songwriting partner Leo Robin began with such films as "The Dance of Life" and "Innocence of Paris" from these there were two hits the first being "True Blue Lou" the second being the long time standard and classic "Louise." Throughout the early 1930's Whiting wrote for films and made numerous hits such as "Guilty," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "My Ideal," "My Future Just Passed," "Eadie Was A Lady," and "You're An Old Smoothie." In 1931 Whiting's second daughter Barbara Whiting the actress was born she was not able to really know her father all that well due to the fact that he died when she only 6. In the late 1930's beginning in 1936 Whiting and Johnny Mercer began a song writing partnership and friendship. They wrote for the films "Ready, Willing, and Able" from which the hit "Too Marvelous for Words" was written, "Varsity Show" from which the classics "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" and "You've Got Something There" originated. Whiting and Mercer's most successful film was "Hollywood Hotel" which brought us the uncredited theme song of Hollywood, "Hooray for Hollywood." Other hit songs from that film include: "I'm Like A Fish Out of Water," "I've Hitched My Wagon To a Star," and "Silhouetted in the Moonlight" The songwriters last film together was "The Cowboy From Brooklyn" which brought us only one his song, "Ride, Tenderfoot Ride." Whiting died on February 10th 1938 due to heart disease.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sanborn McGraw

Spouse (1)

Eleanor Whiting (1923 - 1938) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Father of singer/actress Margaret Whiting and singer/actress Barbara Whiting.
Composer of such standards as "Ain't We Got Fun?," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "Too Marvelous," "Japanaese Sandman" and "Louise."
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Was the brother in law to the famous Vaudeville singer Margaret Young.
While working at Jerome Remick Publishing company, Whiting discovered the great American composer George Gershwin. The two remained best friends until Gershwin's untimely death in 1937.
Composer Johnny Mandel once said of Whiting that "he is one of the greatest American composers in history".
Was good friends with singer/actor Bing Crosby. Whiting wrote many songs that Crosby performed and recorded throughout his career, such as "Lovable", "Sentimental and Melancholy", and "Too Marvelous for Words" The two played golf together weekly and remained friends until Whiting's death in 1938.

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