Con Conrad

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Con Conrad
Birth nameConrad K. Dober
Born(1891-06-18)June 18, 1891
OriginNew York City, United States
DiedSeptember 28, 1938(1938-09-28) (aged 47)
Van Nuys, California, United States
Occupation(s)Songwriter

Con Conrad (born Conrad K. Dober, June 18, 1891 – September 28, 1938) was an American songwriter and producer.

Biography[edit]

Conrad was born in Manhattan, New York, and published his first song, "Down in Dear Old New Orleans", in 1912. Conrad produced the Broadway show The Honeymoon Express, starring Al Jolson, in 1913. By 1918, Conrad was writing and publishing with Henry Waterson (1873–1933). He co-composed "Margie" in 1920 with and J. Russel Robinson and lyricist Benny Davis, which became his first major hit. He went on to compose hits that became standards, including:

In 1923, Conrad focused on the stage and wrote the scores for the Broadway shows: The Greenwich Village Follies, Moonlight, Betty Lee, Kitty’s Kisses and Americana.[1] In 1924 the Longacre Theatre staged the small musical Moonlight, with a score by Conrad and William B. Friedlander. The next year Conrad and Friedlander's Mercenary Mary was presented at the Longacre.[2] In 1929, Conrad moved to Hollywood after losing all of his money on unsuccessful shows. There he worked on films such as: Fox Movietone Follies, Palmy Days, The Gay Divorcee and Here’s to Romance.[1]

Conrad received the first Academy Award for Best Song for The Continental in 1934 along with collaborator Herb Magidson. He died four years later in Van Nuys, California.[1]

His spouse was actress Francine Larrimore. He died in Van Nuys, California, aged 47.

Conrad was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Con Conrad". Songwriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Bloom, Ken (2007). The Routledge Guide to Broadway. Taylor & Francis. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-415-97380-9. Retrieved May 26, 2014.

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