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Leo Robin

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Leo Robin April 6, 1900 – December 29, 1984 was an American composer, lyricist and songwriter He is probably best known for collaborating with Ralph Rainger on the 1938 Oscar-winning song "Thanks for the Memory", sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Work on Broadway
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Robin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and at Carnegie Tech's drama school He later worked as a reporter and as a publicist

Robin's first hits came in 1926 with the Broadway production By the Way, with hits in several other musicals immediately following, such as Bubbling Over 1926, Hit the Deck, Judy 1927, and Hello Yourself 1928 In 1932, Robin went out to Hollywood to work for Paramount Pictures His principal collaborator was composer Ralph Rainger, together they became one of the leading film songwriting duos of the 1930s and early 1940s, writing over 50 hits Robin and Rainger worked together until Rainger's untimely death in a plane crash on October 23, 1942 Robin continued to collaborate with many other composers over the years, including Vincent Youmans, Sam Coslow, Richard A Whiting, and Nacio Herb Brown Leo Robin collaborated with Rainger on the 1938 Oscar-winning song "Thanks for the Memory," sung by Bob Hope in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938, which was to become Hope's signature tune1

Robin collaborated on the score for the 1955 musical film My Sister Eileen with Jule Styne, then officially retired from the movie industry He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1972 Robin wrote many popular songs, mostly for film and television, including "Louise," "Beyond the Blue Horizon" both songs co-written by Richard A Whiting, "Prisoner of Love" and "Blue Hawaii"citation needed


Robin died of heart failure in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 84 and was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California

Work on Broadwayedit

  • Hit the Deck 1927, musical - co-lyricist
  • Allez-oop 1927, revue - lyricist
  • Just Fancy 1927, musical - lyricist
  • Hello Yourself 1928, musical - lyricist
  • Tattle Tales 1933, revue - contributing lyricist
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1949, musical - lyricist
  • The Girl in Pink Tights 1954, musical - lyricist
  • Lorelei Gentlemen Still Prefer Blondes 1974, musical - lyricist

Posthumous credits or shows in which pre-written songs by Leo Robin were featured include:

  • Maurice Chevalier in an evening of Songs and Impressions 1955, concert
  • The American Dance Machine 1978, dance special
  • A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine 1980, revue - lyricist for "Louise", "Beyond the Blue Horizon", "Double Trouble", and "Thanks for the Memory"
  • Big Deal 1986, musical - lyricist for "Love Is Just around the Corner"
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1995 revival
  • Fosse 1999, revue - lyricist for "Got No Room for Mr Gloom"


  1. ^ "Leo Robin", Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook

External linksedit

  • Leo Robin at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Leo Robin at the Official Leo Robin Website
  • Leo Robin at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Leo Robin on Internet Movie Database

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