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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.
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