Richard Rodgers, songwriter
birth name: Richard Charles Rodgers

Richard Rodgers

June 28, 1902, New York, NY ~ December 30, 1979, New York, NY

With lyricists Lorenz Hart and later Oscar Hammerstein II, composer Richard Rodgers wrote dozens of the best-known songs in American popular music and created what stand as perhaps the three most popular American musicals - Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music (to say nothing of Carousel and The King and I). Born at his parents' vacation home on Long Island in 1902, Rodgers was infatuated with musical theater from an early age. He was just 16 when a family friend introduced him to Lorenz Hart, and the two began a collaboration that lasted almost 25 years. ~ Allmusic: Richard Rodgers ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

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Richard Rodgers ~ Received a 1978 Kennedy Center Honor ~ Richard Rodgers' contributions to the musical theater of his day were extraordinary, and his influence on the musical theater of today and tomorrow is legendary. ~ 1978 © Kennedy Center

As a Writer or co-writer

Ella Fitzgerald ~ Bewitched (Rodgers/Hart) ~ Named one of the Time Top 10 Songs For Lovers in 2007 ~ Bewitched remains the smartest and tartest love song ever written. And as wittily seductive as the lyrics are, Ella Fitzgerald’s flirty vocal - she sings like she’s twirling love around on her finger for a while, unsure of whether to fling it across the room or put it in her mouth - is even better. ~ 2007 © TIME

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart ~ Inducted in the 1970 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Rodgers & Hart made their professional debut with the song Any Old Place With You, featured in the 1919 Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. Their breakthrough came with the score for a 1925 charity show, The Garrick Gaities, which introduced the classic valentine to their hometown, Manhattan. From 1920 to 1930 Rodgers & Hart wrote an astonishing array of musical comedies for Broadway and London's West End. At their pinnacle the team was writing an average of four shows a year. ~ 1970 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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