Time Magazine once described Harry Warren as ‘the king of…the Hollywood songwriter incognitos…more songs in the Hit Parade than Irving Berlin himself’.
This is a fitting quote to kick off the next of Searle’s talks about American song standards and their composers.
Harry Warren was born to Italian immigrants and like Irving Berlin came from NY. Unlike Berlin, however, he was a song composer mainly for film. 21 of his songs reached #1 in the US Hit Parade and he won three Oscars for best song, in 1935, 1943 and 1946.
Join us for a survey of this talented man’s work – with songs like You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me, Lullaby of Broadway, The More I See You and Chattanooga Choo Choo, the list goes on and on. The talk will include YouTube clips with guest stars including Ruby Keeler, Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye and Fred Astaire.
Searle is a filmmaker and writer on cinema and other performing arts. He has just completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Portsmouth in co-creative documentary practice. This work builds on previous research projects, Rainbow Jews and Ritual Reconstructed . His short films have included Leaving the Table (2007) and L'Esprit de l'Escalier (2010) and a mixed animation/live action docudrama on Leon Trotsky entitled Dream Life of Debris.