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Ray Henderson (Raymond Brost)

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Biography

Buffalo, New York, USA
Songwriter ("The Best Things in Life Are Free", "Birth of the Blues", "Button Up Your Overcoat"), composer, pianist, publisher and producer, educated at the Chicago Conservatory. He was a pianist in dance bands and an arranger for New York publishing companies in vaudeville. In 1925, he joined B. G. DeSylva and Lew Brown as a songwriting team and as music publishers. His Broadway stage scores include "George White's Scandals" (1925, 1926, 1928, 1931, 1934, and 1936), "Manhattan Mary", "Good News", "Hold Everything", "Three Cheers", "Follow Through", "Flying High", "Hot-Cha", "Say When", "Strike Me Pink" (co-librettist), and "Ziegfeld Follies of 1943". Read more...

Writing

Composing