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Ralph Blane Hunsecker

Born: 1914 AD
Died: 1995 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers

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1914 - Born on the 26th of July in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was an American composer, lyricist, and performer.

1930 - He began his career as a radio singer for NBC before turning to Broadway.

1936 - He was featured in New Faces, Hooray for What!, and Louisiana Purchase.

1941-1952 - He contributed the lyrics and music to Best Foot Forward and Three Wishes for Jamie.

1944 - With partner Hugh Martin, Blane penned many American standards for the stage and MGM musicals.

       - The team's best-known songs include "The Boy (Girl) Next Door", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "The Trolley Song," all written for the movie musical Meet Me in St. Louis.

1947 - Facing the challenge of writing a song about a trolley, the duo visited a public library, and in a book found the caption "Clang, clang, clang went the trolley," which formed the nucleus for the lyrics of their song, which earned them their first Oscar nomination (their second was for "Pass That Peace Pipe," written in collaboration with Roger Edens for the film adaption of Good News).

1989 - Meet Me in St. Louis was adapted for a Broadway musical of the same name.

1995 - He died on the 13th of November.

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