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Scottford ( 2007-09-04 )

Source: HAL RAYNOR'S Folio of JOE PENNER SONGS, 1941, with a short biography by Christopher S. Rubel, Rel.D.

February 5, 1898 - December 4, 1946 Henry Scott Rubel (pen name, HAL RAYNOR), special writer of the famous Joe Penner song material, was one of America’s most interesting and versatile songwriters in the 1930s and 40s. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1898 and spent his boyhood in Cincinnati, where, at age nine, he was an amateur broadcaster on 1,000 watt W8EF, and soon became a radio operator on the Great Lakes, out of Conneaut and Ashtabula, Ohio. While in his freshman year in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, he was called into service as a radio operator in the U.S. Navy, where he held the record of fastest code speed from 1917-1920. As a sailor in Uncle Sam’s Navy, Rubel organized the ship’s orchestra and because sheet music was hard to get up in the turbulent waters of the North Sea, he began writing songs for the crew to sing. In a competition among all the sailors of the North Sea Mine Laying Squadron, his song, “Force of Mine,” was made the official song of the squadron by Admiral Strauss. After the war, Henry Scott Rubel decided to give up electrical engineering (in which he now had a degree) and enter the ministry of the Episcopal Church. He went back to college for this degree and worked his way through by writing a newspaper column. Here his song-writing began in earnest and in addition to writing original material for stage performers, orchestras and others, he wrote the book, music and lyrics for “Kikmi,” his production for one of the celebrated University of Wisconsin Haresfoot Shows. After receiving his A.B. degree, Heinz went to New York for post graduate work at the General Theological Seminary and Columbia University and during this time he wrote many musical numbers for New York theatrical performers. While in New York as Chaplain to Broadway (1925-27) he met Dorothy Deuel, Broadway musical comedy star, who was headlining in the Music Box Review and they were married in Pittsburgh. Subsequently, his duties as curate, and later as rector, took him to the Midwest, first to Milwaukee and then to Chicago. While in Chicago, Reverend Mr. Rubel began writing and producing the World Book Man Series, a nationally known educational feature that ran daily on 137 stations. In addition, he wrote many other programs and plays. In 1932 he was called to New York City to take charge of the National Biscuit Company programs and for a year he wrote and performed on these programs, during which time he composed, in addition, six original songs a week for this network production. Heinz came to California during the summer of 1935 to fulfill a contract with Paramount Pictures, following which he returned to New York City to resume a contract with Joe Penner with whom he had worked since before Joe’s first broadcast in 1932. The next summer he returned to California, again under contract to Paramount Pictures, and this time he decided to make his home amid the orange groves of sunny Glendora, adjacent to Hollywood. In 1936 the Rev. Mr. Rubel was rector of Grace Church in Glendora. Playing off his first and last initials just as Joe Penner did (real name Josef Pinter) Henry Rubel, as HAL RAYNOR, wrote practically all the material introduced in motion pictures, on radio, and on the stage by the inimitable Joe Penner. In 1939, convinced we were once again heading towards war, Heinz became Chaplain of the State Guard. He could type like the wind without mistakes. With the Zenith shortwave radio blaring Adolf Hitler’s rants, Heinz would type every word of Hitler’s speeches verbatim, translating into English as he typed. Although Heinz stayed active in the community and as chaplain into the last weeks of his life, his health began to fail after the crushing loss of his partner, Joe Penner in 1941 Henry Scott Rubel was interred at Oakdale Cemetery after a military funeral at the Episcopal Church on Vista Bonita, Glendora, California.

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