Ray Henderson

Dec 01, 1896
Dec 31, 1970

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From Songwriters Hall Of Fame:

Composer Ray Henderson was born in Buffalo, New York on December 1, 1896. Studying piano and composition at the Chicago Conservatory, Henderson cultivated a melodic style that would help songs such as “Life is a Bowl of Cherries”, “Bye, Bye Blackbird”, “Five Foot Two and Eyes of Blue” and “You’re the Cream in My Coffee” become timeless hit standards.

After the Conservatory, Henderson moved to New York where he began doing song arrangements, mostly for vaudeville acts, for publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley. In 1922, Henderson was introduced to a young lyricist, Lew Brown, and in 1925 the pair teamed with lyricist Buddy De Sylva creating the most successful songwriting-publishing trio from the mid 1920’s until 1930. […]

Other than Brown and De Sylva, Henderson worked with lyricists Mort Dixon, Sam Lewis, Joe Young, Billy Rose, Ted Koehler, Jack Yellen and Irving Caesar. […]

Paul McCartney covered “Bye Bye Blackbird” on his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom“.

Last updated on November 1, 2020

Songs written or co-written by Ray Henderson


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