Harold Adamson

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Harold Adamson
Born (1906-12-10)December 10, 1906
Greenville, New Jersey
Died August 17, 1980(1980-08-17) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, California
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Years active 1930s-1940s

Harold Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980) was an American lyricist during the 1930s and 1940s.

Early life[edit]

Adamson, the son of Harold Adamson and Marion "Minnie" Campbell Adamson, was born and raised in Greenville, New Jersey.[1]

Adamson suffered from polio as a child which limited the use of his right hand. Initially, Adamson was interested in acting but he began writing songs and poetry as a teenager.

He went on to studying acting at the University of Kansas and Harvard.[1]


Ultimately he entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. During his stint with MGM he wrote many popular and successful songs, including the theme song for the hit sitcom "I Love Lucy".

He was nominated for five Academy Awards for lyrics to several original movie scores.

He retired from songwriting in the early 1960s.[1]

He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

Songs or lyrics by Harold Adamson[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York and London: Routledge. p. 2. ISBN 0415938775. 


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