Harold Adamson

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Harold Adamson
Birth nameHarold Campbell Adamson
Born(1906-12-10)December 10, 1906
Greenville, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedAugust 17, 1980(1980-08-17) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Years active1930s–1940s

Harold Campbell Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980)[1] 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, United States.[2]

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.[1]

He went on to studying acting at the University of Kansas and Harvard.[2]


Ultimately he entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. During his stint with MGM, he was nominated for five Academy Awards. Among his best-known compositions was the theme for the hit sitcom, I Love Lucy.

He retired from songwriting in the early 1960s,[2] and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1941, he collaborated with Pierce Norman, and baseball's Joe DiMaggio to write "In the Beauty of Tahoe", published by Larry Spier, Inc.[3]

Songs or lyrics by Harold Adamson[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 41/2. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Joe DiMaggio Auction, Lot Number: 911" Hunt Auctions June 14, 2017


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