Phil Ohman

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Phil Ohman
Victor Arden & Phil Ohman.jpg
Victor Arden and Phil Ohman
Background information
Born(1896-10-07)October 7, 1896
New Britain, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 1954(1954-08-08) (aged 57)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresRagtime, Film scores

Phil Ohman (October 7, 1896 – August 8, 1954) was an American film composer and pianist. He is most well known for his collaboration with fellow musician Victor Arden.


Ohman was born Fillmore Wellington Ohman in New Britain, Connecticut in 1896. He is remembered as being one half of one of the pre-eminent piano duos in the 1922-1932, paired with Victor Arden.[1] They were the pit pianists in many of George Gershwin's musicals, and recorded hundreds of piano rolls and records. Starting in mid 1927, just as they signed to Victor Records, they developed a large studio orchestra specializing in Broadway show songs that became quite popular. These particular records employed a rather large, brassy powerful sound (it is not known who they used as arranger), always with a space for a twin piano duet section.

Ohman died in Santa Monica, California on August 8, 1954.

Partial filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Phil Ohman – Music Biography, Credits and Discography : Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved March 10, 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jasen, David A.; Trebor Jay Tichenor (1978). Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc. pp. 231–232. ISBN 0-486-25922-6.

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