Ralph Blane

Active - 1944 - 1947  |   Died - Nov 13, 1995   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy, Romance

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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.

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