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Warren (Harry) papers
PASC-M.0285  
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Description
The collection consists of printed music, an oral history transcript, lists of compositions, etc.
Background
Harry Warren, was born Salvatore Guaragna Warren, on December 24th, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York (died 22 September 1981, Los Angeles, California, USA.) One of the most important of all the popular film composers, Warren is probably best remembered for the innovative 30s film musicals he scored with lyricist Al Dubin. A son of Italian immigrants, from a family of 12, Warren taught himself to play accordion and piano, and joined a touring carnival show in his teens. Later, he worked in a variety of jobs at the Vitagraph film studios, and played piano in silent-movie houses. After serving in the US Navy in World War I, he started writing songs. The first, 'I Learned To Love You When I Learned My ABCs', gained him a job as a song-plugger for publishers Stark and Cowan, and in 1922 they published his 'Rose Of The Rio Grande', written with Edgar Leslie and Ross Gorman, which became a hit for popular vocalist Marion Harris. In the early 30s Warren contributed songs to several Broadway shows including Billy Rose's revue Sweet And Low.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Unprocessed collection. Material is unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference (spec-coll@library.ucla.edu) for more information.