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John Green (composer)

John Green ("Johnny") (October 10, 1908May 17, 1989) was a composer and conductor.

Early life

Born in New York City, Green attended Horace Mann School, the New York Military Academy and later graduated from Harvard University. His musical tutors were Herman Wasserman, Ignace Hilsberg and Walter Spalding. Early on he arranged for the Lombardo Orchestra he also contributed to revues, such as "Three's a Crowd".


Between 1930 and 1933 he was the arranger and conductor for Paramount Pictures and worked with singers Ethel Merman, Gertrude Lawrence and James Melton. After 1933 he had his own orchestra which he used to play around the country. He also, until 1940, conducted orchestras for the Jack Benny and Philip Morris records and radio shows.

From 1949 to 1959, Green was the Music Director at MGM. There, he produced numerous film scores, such as "Raintree County". On loanout to Universal, he composed the songs for the Deanna Durbin musical, "Something in the Wind", one of her last films before retiring.

Nominated for an Oscar thirteen times, he won the award for "Easter Parade", "An American in Paris", "West Side Story", and "Oliver!", as well as for the short subject "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture".

Having left MGM, he conducted with various orchestras, such as the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.

Green was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.


Film Musicals

Green conducted the orchestra for the following film musicals:


Some of Green's hit songs are:

  • "Body and Soul"
  • "Coquette"
  • "I’m Yours"
  • "Oceans of Time"
  • "Out of Nowhere"
  • "Weep No More My Baby"
  • "I Cover the Waterfront"
  • "An Hour Ago This Minute"
  • "Rain, Rain, Go Away"
  • "Easy Come, Easy Go"
  • "You’re Mine, You"
  • "The Steam is on he Beam"
  • "I’ve Got a Heavy Date"
  • "I Wanna Be Loved"
  • "Hello, My Lover, Goodbye"
  • "Something in the Wind"
  • "The Turntable Song"
  • "The Song of Raintree County"


External links

  • Profile at the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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