Richard A. Whiting
|Richard A. Whiting|
|Born||Richard Armstrong Whiting
November 12, 1891
|Died||February 10, 1938
Beverly Hills, California
Richard Armstrong Whiting (November 12, 1891 - February 10, 1938) was an American composer of popular songs including the standards "Hooray for Hollywood", "Ain't We Got Fun?" and "On the Good Ship Lollipop". He was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1936 for the song "When Did You Leave Heaven" from the movie Sing, Baby Sing.
He was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles. Upon his graduation, Whiting began his career as a staff writer for various music publishers. In 1912, he became a personal manager.
In 1919, he moved to Hollywood and wrote a number of film scores. He collaborated with BG DeSylva, Ray Egan, Johnny Mercer, Neil Moret, Leo Robin, Gus Kahn, and Sidney Clare, to produce a number of hits (listed below). He also wrote a number of scores for Broadway plays.
A tribute to Whiting's music along with a medley of his best-known songs formed part of the 1980 Broadway musical A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine.
Film scores 
- Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
- Innocents of Paris (1929)
- The Dance of Life (1929)
- Monte Carlo (1930)
- Safety in Numbers (1930)
- Paramount on Parade (1930)
- The Playboy of Paris (1930)
- Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round (1932)
- One Hour With You (1932)
- Adorable (1933)
- The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1936)
- Varsity Show (1937)
- Ready, Willing, and Able (1937)
- Hollywood Hotel (1937)
- Cowboy From Brooklyn (1938)
Broadway show scores 
- Toot Sweet
- George White's Scandals of 1919
- Take a Chance which featured two major hits with music by Whiting "Your an old Smoothie," and "Eadie Was a Lady"
Free for All 
Original Music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Act 1 consists of
- "I Love Him, the Rat" sung by Anita Allen and Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford)
- "Free For All" sung by Michael Byrne (a Radical Poet) and The Gang
- "The Girl Next Door" sung by Anita Allen and Steve Potter, Jr. (Son of Stephen, Sr.)
- "Living in Sin" sung by Gracie Maynard, Joan Summer (Youngest of the Gang), Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford) and Andy Bradford
- "Just Eighteen" sung by Joan Summer (Youngest of the Gang) and Andy Bradford
- "Not That I Care" sung by Anita Allen and Steve Potter, Jr. (Son of Stephen, Sr.)
- "Slumber Song" Sung by Marishka Tarasov and Michael Byrne (a Radical Poet)
Act 2 consists of
- "When Your Boy Becomes a Man" sung by Silver Dollar Kate and Anita Allen
- "Tonight" sung by Marishka Tarasov and Anita Allen
- "Nevada Moonlight" sung by Joe Butler (Perpetual Student at Leland Stanford), Gracie Maynard and Ensemble
Richard Whiting was also referenced in the 1980 Broadway show a Day in Hollywood/ a Night in the Ukraine where a medley of his songs are performed in the first act. One of the actors comically portrays him during the song It All Comes Out of the Piano..
Hit songs 
- "Ain't We Got Fun?"
- "Beyond the Blue Horizon" (music by Whiting and W. Franke Harling, words by Leo Robin)
- "Breezin' Along with the Breeze"
- "Eadie Was a Lady" (music by Whiting and Nacio Herb Brown)
- "Guilty" (music by Whiting and Harry Akst, words by Gus Kahn).
- "Hooray for Hollywood"
- "Horses" (Byron Gay, Richard A. Whiting)
- "It's a Habit of Mine"
- "It's Tulip Time in Holland"
- "Love Is on the Air Tonight"
- "Miss Brown to You" 1935
- "My Ideal" (music by Whiting and Newell Chase, words by Leo Robin)
- "On the Good Ship Lollipop"
- "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride"
- "Sentimental and Melancholy" (words by Johnny Mercer)
- "She's Funny That Way" (words only; music by Neil Moret)
- "Silhouetted in the Moonlight"
- "Sleepy Time Gal"
- "Some Sunday Morning"
- "The Japanese Sandman"
- "They Called It Dixieland"
- "They Made It Twice as Nice as Paradise"
- "Till We Meet Again"
- "Too Marvelous for Words" (words by Johnny Mercer)
- "Where the Black-Eyed Susans Grow"
- "Where the Morning Glories Grow"
- "You've Got Something There"
- "Ukulele Lady" 1925
Notable Recordings 
Frank Sinatra recorded Whiting's "Too Marvelous for Words" on his album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. Sinatra also recorded Whiting's "She's Funny That Way" on his album Nice 'n' Easy, and other songs such as "My Ideal".
Others to record Whiting songs:
- Louis Armstrong
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Billie Holiday
- Bing Crosby
- Dean Martin
- Nat King Cole
- Shirley Temple
- Ethel Merman
- Maurice Chevalier
- Al Jolson
- Doris Day
- Kay Starr
- Eric Clapton
- Bette Midler
- Bobby Darin
- Tony Martin
- Josephine Baker
- Al Bowlly
- Dick Powell
- Diana Krall
- Mary Martin
- Anita O'Day
- Renee Olstead
- Michael Feinstein
- Alice Faye
Modern Day Usage 
In 2010 the show Boardwalk Empire used the music from Whiting's "The Japanese Sandman" in the first 5 episodes of the show. A version with lyrics by Raymond B. Egan appeared in the show on October 24th 2010.
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (November 2008)|
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:
- Richard A. Whiting at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
- Big Bands Database page on Whiting
- Richard A. Whiting at the Internet Movie Database
- Sheet music for "Till We Meet Again", Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1918.