Ned Washington

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Ned Washington
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Background information
Born(1901-08-15)August 15, 1901
OriginScranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1976(1976-12-20) (aged 75)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Ned Washington (August 15, 1901 – December 20, 1976) was an American lyricist born in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[1]


Washington was nominated for eleven Academy Awards from 1940 to 1962. He won the Best Original Music award twice: in 1940 for "When You Wish upon a Star" in Pinocchio and in 1952 for "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" in High Noon.

Washington had his roots in vaudeville as a master of ceremonies. Having joined ASCAP in 1930, he started his songwriting career with Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in the late 1920s. In 1934, he was signed by MGM and relocated to Hollywood, eventually writing full scores for feature films. During the 40s, he worked for a number of studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney and Republic. During these tenures, he collaborated with many of the great composers of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Max Steiner and Dimitri Tiomkin.

Washington served as the director of ASCAP from 1957 until 1976, the year he died.[2]


Some of Washington's songwriting credits include:

Ned Washington is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His grave is located in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.


  1. ^ Jasen, David A., Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song, Routledge, New York, 2003 p. 411
  2. ^ a b c d e Jasen 2003, p. 412.
  3. ^ Pitney, Gene, Gene Pitney:25 All-Time Greatest Hits, Varese Sarabande, 1999, liner notes
  4. ^ Television’s Greatest Hits, Volume II, TeeVee Tunes, Inc., New York, 1986 liner notes
  5. ^ Mathis, Johnny, The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection, Columbia Music, 1993
  6. ^ Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, DVD, Paramount, 1956
  7. ^ 3:10 to Yuma, DVD, Columbia Pictures, 1957
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  9. ^ Disney, The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song, Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Music, 1992 p. 56
  10. ^ Disney 1992, p. 56.

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