Ben Homer

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Ben Homer (born Benjamin Hozer, 27 June 1917, Meriden, Connecticut – 12 February 1975, Los Angeles, California) was an American songwriter, composer and arranger.


He joined the Meriden Symphony Orchestra when he was eleven years old, and wrote a class song at Jefferson Junior High School in 1932. He became a member of the American Federation of Musicians when he was fifteen. He later attended the New England Conservatory of Music on a scholarship, and returned there as a teacher in the 1940s.[1]

He began his professional career by moving to New York City in 1938 and changing his name to Homer. He began composing for bandleader Les Brown in 1940, writing some material with lyricist Bud Green.[2][3]

His most popular works are "Sentimental Journey" (1944), "Bizet Has His Day" (1945) (a jazz arrangement of Georges Bizet's "Farandole" from L’Arlésienne-Suite), "Shoot the Sherbet to Me Herbert" (1939), and "Joltin' Joe Di Maggio" (1941).[4][5]


  1. ^ "Inductees: Benjamin Homer (Art)". Meriden Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Ben Homer". Musikdatenbank. Radio Swiss Jazz. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Ben Homer". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. ^ Bossert, Christian (26 September 2011). "DJ Chrisbe's Song of the Week #82: Bizet Has His Day". Shuffle Projects!. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. ^ Bossert, Christian (29 May 2012). "DJ Chrisbe's Song of the Week #117: Shoot The Sherbert To Me Herbert". Shuffle Projects. Retrieved 2 September 2016.