Harold Arlen

Born 15 February 1905. Died 23 April 1986.
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Arlen: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Rufus Wainwright and the Britten Sinfonia perform Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

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Harold Arlen (February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music, having written over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for The Wizard of Oz, including the classic 1938 song, "Over the Rainbow,” Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. "Over the Rainbow" was voted the twentieth century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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  1. Review of The Wizard of Oz – 2011 London Palladium Recording

    The Wizard of Oz – 2011 London Palladium Recording 2011

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    A great success on stage, but this recording isn’t quite so spectacular.
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