Al Dubin


Biography of Al Dubin

Alexander "Al" Dubin (June 10, 1891 - February 11, 1945) was an American lyricist. He became known through his collaborations with the composer Harry Warren.

Al Dubin came from a Russian Jewish family which immigrated to the USA from Switzerland when he was two years old. He grew up in Philadelphia. There he worked as a songwriter and lyricist for various Tin Pan Alley music companies. He served in the First World War.

Dubin was responsible for lyrics to several Broadway shows. In 1970 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He is perhaps most famous for the 1933 musical film 42nd Street to the music of Harry Warren. Other famous movies included Footlight Parade and all five Gold Diggers films. Together, Warren and Dubin wrote 60 hit songs for Warner Brothers. In 1980 producer David Merrick and director Gower Champion adapted 42nd Street into a Broadway musical that won The Tony Award for Best Musical for 1981.

On his passing in 1945, Al Dubin was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

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