Born and bred in New York, Harold Arlen began his career as an accompanist in vaudeville and appeared occasionally as a band vocalist on records, often signing his own compositions. During his career, he wrote over 500 songs, including ‘Get Happy’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ and ‘Stormy Weather’ (all with lyrics by Ted Koehler). He had a long and productive partnership with Johnny Mercer with many resulting hits, including ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘Blues in the Night’ and ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate-the-Positive’. Broadway musicals include Bloomer Girl, St Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica and Saratoga. Films include The Petty Girl, The Farmer Takes a Wife and Gay-Purree. With Ira Gershwin he wrote ‘The Man That Got Away’ for Judy Garland to sing in A Star Is Born. He won an Oscar for the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz.