Day in History 30 December – Richard Rodgers

On this day in 1979, composer of music and one of only two people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Richard Rodgers, died in New York City at the age of 77.  Born Richard Charles Rodgers into a German Jewish family in Arverne, Queens, New York on 28 June 1902.   He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.  Rodgers composed music for more than 900 songs, for 43 Broadway musicals, films and television.  My favorite Rodgers and Hart songs are; “Blue Moon”, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, “My Funny Valentine”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Falling in Love with Love”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”.  My favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs are; “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”, “People Will Say We’re in Love”, “If I Loved You”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “It Might as Well Be Spring”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “Getting to Know You”, “My Favorite Things”, “The Sound of Music”,  “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.  In 1930, Rodgers married Dorothy Belle Feiner.  The other person with an EGOTP is Marvin HamlischThe Final Footprint – Rodgers was cremated and his cremains were scattered at sea.

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