With his partner, songwriter Hugh Martin, composer and lyricist Ralph Blane penned many American standards for the stage and MGM musicals. Their best-loved songs include "My Blue Heaven," "The Trolley Song," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Blane began his career in the '30s as a radio singer for NBC. He then performed in a few Broadway musicals. He and Martin teamed up in the early '40s. Their first songs together showed up in the Broadway musical Best Foot Forward (1941); MGM adapted it for film in 1943. Their best-known musical remains Meet Me in St. Louis which became a classic on Broadway and in film. "The Trolley Song" earned them their first Oscar nomination; their second came for "Pass That Peace Pipe," which they wrote in conjunction with Roger Edens.