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Lester Lee (I) (1903–1956)

Songwriter ("Pennsylvania Polka", "Blue Gardenia"), composer and author educated at Manual Trades High School. (Some sources list his birth year as 1905.) He wrote many musical-production tunes, and signed his contract with a Hollywood film studio in 1943. From 1945, he wrote special material for radio. Joining ASCAP in 1942, his chief musical ... See full bio »

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Miss Sadie Thompson Music Department
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 2017 The Polka King (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
 2013 Secret Voices of Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "I've Been Kissed Before")
 2002 Uncle Frank (Documentary) (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
 1996 Boyfriends (writer: "I Wish I Knew the Name (of the Boy in My Dreams)")
 1995 The Bridges of Madison County (writer: "Blue Gardenia")
 1993 Groundhog Day (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
 1990 Love Hurts (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
 1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
 1987 Emu's Wide World (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (1987) ... (writer: "I Fear Nothing" - uncredited)
 1984 Maria's Lovers (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka" - as Lee)
 1967 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- County Fair (1967) (1967) ... (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka")
  The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1964) (music - 1 episode, 1964)
- Joey and the Andrews Sisters (1964) ... (lyrics: "The Pennsylvania Polka") / (music: "The Pennsylvania Polka")
 1961-1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Among the Living (1962) ... (writer: "Blue Gardenia" - uncredited)
- Rx Cricket (1962) ... (writer: "Blue Gardenia" - uncredited)
- My Love But Lightly (1962) ... (writer: "Blue Gardenia" - uncredited)
- Big Fever (1962) ... (writer: "Blue Gardenia" - uncredited)
- Tusitala (1961) ... (writer: "Blue Gardenia" - uncredited)
 1958-1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Danny Thomas, Jay North, Angela Cartwright & Rusty Hamer (1959) ... (writer: "The Pennsylvania Polka" - uncredited)
- Jose Ferrer (1958) ... (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka" - uncredited)
 1958 The Last Hurrah (writer: "The Heat Is On" - uncredited)
 1957 Fire Down Below (writer: "Fire Down Below")
 1957 Pickup Alley (writer: "Anyone For Love")
 1956 A Day of Fury (writer: "Take Me To Town" - uncredited)
 1955 The Last Frontier ("The Last Frontier") / (writer: "Me and My Dreams" - uncredited)
 1955 A Prize of Gold (music: "A Prize of Gold")
 1955 The Man from Laramie ("The Man From Laramie")
 1955 Bring Your Smile Along (writer: "When A Girl Is Beautiful", "Italian Mother Song (Mama Mia)", "Mama Mia", "Every Baby Needs a Da-Da-Daddy")
 1955 Three for the Show (lyrics: "Which One", "I've Been Kissed Before") / (music: "Which One", "I've Been Kissed Before")
 1954 The 26th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Sadie Thompson's Song (Blue Pacific Blues)")
 1953 Miss Sadie Thompson (music: "Marine Song", "Hear No Evil, See No Evil (Speak No Evil)" (uncredited), "The Heat Is On!" (uncredited), "Sadie Thompson's Song (The Blue Pacific Blues)" (uncredited))
 1953 Let's Do It Again (music: "The Call of the Wild", "Let's Do It Again", "It Was Great While It Lasted", "Anyone But You", "I'm Takin' a Slow Burn", "These Are the Things I Remember" - uncredited)
 1953 Take Me to Town (writer: "TAKE ME TO TOWN" - uncredited)
 1953 The Blue Gardenia (writer: "Blue Gardenia")
 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd ("Away Ay Aye Ay", "Meet Captain Kidd", "A Bachelor's Life", "Tonight We Sail", "Speak to Me of the Tall Pine", "North of Nowhere", uncredited)
 1952 The Happy Time (writer: "Night Tango" - uncredited)
 1952 Affair in Trinidad (writer: "I've Been Kissed Before", "Trinidad Lady" - uncredited)
 1952 Sound Off (music: "Bugle Blues", "It's the Beast in Me", "My Lady Love")
 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk (writer: "Jack and the Beanstalk", "I Fear Nothing", "Darlene", "Dreamer's Cloth", "He Never Looked Better In His Life")
 1952 Flaming Feather (music: "You Can't Blame Polly")
 1951 Purple Heart Diary (writer: "Bread and Butter Woman")
 1951 Double Crossbones (writer: "Percy Had a Heart", "I'd Love to Take You Home", "Song of Adventure")
 1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950 Katie Did It (writer: "Little Old Cape Cod Cottage in a Little New England Town" - uncredited)
 1950 Wyoming Mail (music: "TAKE ME TO TOWN", "ENDLESSLY")
 1950 Between Midnight and Dawn (writer: "I WANT TO LEARN ABOUT LOVE")
 1950 The Fuller Brush Girl (writer: "Ladies of the Chorus", "Every Baby Needs a Da-Da-Daddy")
 1950 The Traveling Saleswoman (writer: "Every Baby Needs a Da-Da-Daddy", "He Died With His Boots On" - uncredited)
 1949 Slightly French (lyrics: "Fifi from the Follies Bergere", "Love Masquerade") / (music: "Fifi from the Follies Bergere", "Love Masquerade")
 1948 Ladies of the Chorus (writer: "Ladies of the Chorus", "Anyone Can See I Love You", "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", "I'm So Crazy for You", "You're Never Too Old" - uncredited)
 1948 Singin' Spurs (writer: "Singin' Spurs")
 1948 The Arkansas Swing (writer: "Bread and Butter Polka", "Sweetheart of the Blues")
 1948 Song of Idaho (writer: "I'm Sorry I Didn't Say I'm Sorry")
 1948 The Sign of the Ram (writer: "I'll Never Say I Love You (to Anyone but You)")
 1948 Mary Lou (writer: "Don't Mind My Trouble", "I'm Sorry I Didn't Say I'm Sorry")
 1947 When a Girl's Beautiful (writer: "When a Girl's Beautiful", "As Long As I'm in Love")
 1944 Winged Victory (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka" - uncredited)
 1944 National Barn Dance (music: "The Barn Dance Polka")
 1944 Ever Since Venus (writer: "Rosebud, I Love You")
 1944 Take It Big (music: "Take it Big", "I'm a Big Success (With you)", "Lucky, Lucky Boy", "Love and Learn")
 1944 Follow the Boys (writer: "Pennsylvania Polka" (1942) - uncredited)
 1944 You Can't Ration Love (music: "Nothing Can Replace a Man", "Look what you did to Me", "Love is This", "Ooh-Ah-Oh", "How did it Happen ?")
 1944 Lucky Cowboy (Short) (music: "Headin' Home")
 1943 The Woman of the Town (music: "I'm a Heavy Tipper", "Poor Polly")
 1943 Crazy House (music: "Lament of a Laundry Girl")
 1943 Mardi Gras (Short) (music: "At The Mardi Gras")
 1942 Give Out, Sisters ("Pennsylvania Polka")
 1936 One in a Million (writer: "Horror Boys of Hollywood" (1936))
 1930 Ladies in Love (lyrics: "Oh! How I Love You", "My Big Boy" - uncredited) / (music: "Oh! How I Love You", "My Big Boy" - uncredited)
 1930 Sixteen Sweeties (Short) (writer: "If You Have Troubles Laugh Them Away" - uncredited)
 1929 Love at First Sight (writer: "Sunshine", "Jig-a-Boo Jig", "What Is Living Without You?", "Love at First Sight")
 1929 After the Show (Short) (music: "Untitled", "Jig-a-Boo-Jig" - uncredited)
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Show Show Writer (5 credits)

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"Ziegfeld Follies of 1943" (revue) in Broadway. Music by Ray Henderson. Sketches by Lester Lee, Jerry Seelen, Bud Pearson, Les White, Joseph Erens, Charles Sherman, Harry Young, Lester Lawrence, Baldwin Bergersen, Ray Golden, Sid Kuller, Billy K. Wells and Harold Rome. Lyrics by Jack Yellen and Buddy Burtson. See more »

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During his career, he composed several music songs with lyrics by Jerry Seelen.

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