Harold Arlen

1905 - 1986

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Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck; February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American composer of popular music, who composed over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (lyrics by Yip Harburg), including "Over the Rainbow", Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. "Over the Rainbow" was voted the 20th century's No. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harold Arlen has received more than 692,040 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Harold Arlen is the 684th most popular composer (up from 727th in 2019), the 3,247th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,424th in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Harold Arlen ranks 684 out of 1,228Before him are Alexander Alyabyev, Johann Walter, Hans Rott, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Johan Helmich Roman, and Matthias Weckmann. After him are Jakov Gotovac, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, Oskar Merikanto, Jean Guillou, Oskar Nedbal, and Edmond Audran.

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Among people born in 1905, Harold Arlen ranks 127Before him are Tore Keller, Aldo Fabrizi, Henry Koster, Bruno Rossi, Nihal Atsız, and Robert Donat. After him are Robert Stevenson, Wanda Wasilewska, Hilde Holger, Hans Freudenthal, Jan Gies, and Pierre Brasseur. Among people deceased in 1986, Harold Arlen ranks 105Before him are Valentin Kataev, Judith Resnik, Princess Anne of Orléans, Elisabeth Bergner, Ivan Papanin, and Artur London. After him are Robert Stevenson, Vitaly Abalakov, Géza von Radványi, Oscar Zariski, V. C. Andrews, and Gregory Jarvis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Harold Arlen ranks 3,247 out of 15,968Before him are Link Wray (1929), Emmett Till (1941), Bob Dole (1923), Tim Buckley (1947), Abel Ferrara (1951), and Carl Bernstein (1944). After him are Thelma Ritter (1902), Seth Barnes Nicholson (1891), Red Buttons (1919), Hyman Minsky (1919), Tom Hulce (1953), and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Harold Arlen ranks 39Before him are George Antheil (1900), Michael Kamen (1948), Jerome Kern (1885), Ernest Guiraud (1837), Sun Ra (1914), and Basil Poledouris (1945). After him are Dave Grusin (1934), Thomas Newman (1955), La Monte Young (1935), Stephen Sondheim (1930), Elliott Carter (1908), and Amy Beach (1867).