Ray Gilbert


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(1912–1976). Film composer. A successful Tin Pan Alley songwriter, he managed to write several familiar favorites in his limited Hollywood career. Gilbert was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and began in show business writing songs for such vaudeville stars as Sophie Tucker, Harry Richman, and Charles “Buddy” Rogers. He went to Hollywood in 1939 and wrote songs for shorts and features by the Walt Disney Company, most memorably “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” for Song of the South (1946). His other film musicals include The Three Caballeros (1944), Make Mine Music (1946), and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). Among Gilbert's song hits are “You Belong to My Heart,” “Blame It on the Samba,” and “Cuanto le Gusta.” He was married to actress Janis Paige.

From The Oxford Companion to the American Musical in Oxford Reference.

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