Commissioned by teenaged Mike Todd to write first song, "The Moth and the Flame", at age 16 for a musical act Todd was putting together (date approximate)
Graduated from high school and began playing piano with Edgar Benson's orchestra (date approximate)
Composed a song, "Sunday", supposedly to impress a young woman, which went on to become his first hit
Performed with Ben Pollack's band, which at times in the late 1920s included such musicians as Benny Goodman, Charlie Spivak and Glenn Miller
Organized and led own band
Moved to New York and got a job as conductor and vocal coach for Broadway singing star Harry Richman (date approximate)
Went to Hollywood to work at 20th Century-Fox as music arranger and vocal coach for Alice Faye and Shirley Temple
Collaborated on first film score, "Hold That Co-Ed"
Worked for a time for Republic Pictures, composing songs for a number of B musicals including "Melody and Moonlight" (1940), "Sailors on Leave" (1941) and "Thumbs Up" (1943)
Began collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn (date approximate)
Received first of eight Oscar nominations for Best Song, "It Seems I Heard That Song Before", from the Republic picture, "Youth on Parade"; song's lyrics written by Sammy Cahn
Wrote first music for Broadway, contributing material to "Glad to See You"
First Broadway musical, the landmark, "High Button Shoes", with lyrics by Cahn and choreography by Jerome Robbins
Teamed up with lyricist Leo Robin for the successful Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
Debut as Broadway producer, "Make a Wish"
First collaboration with lyricist-librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "Two on the Aisle", a revue starring Dolores Gray and Bert Lahr
Wrote the music for the Broadway musical, "Hazel Flagg"
Added songs (in collaboration with Betty Comden and Adolph Green) to the successful Broadway musical, "Peter Pan", shortly before its opening
Debut as TV producer, "Anything Goes"
Composed songs for last original movie musicals, "How to Be Very, Very Popular" and "My Sister Eileen"; Styne's movie musicals hereafter would be adaptations of his Broadway successes
End of collaboration with lyricst Sammy Cahn, who went on to team up with composer James Van Heusen
Collaborated again with Comden and Green on the Broadway musical, "Bells Are Ringing"
Wrote music for the Broadway musical, "Say, Darling"
Composed first TV score, "Ruggles of Red Gap"
Debut as TV producer, "Anything Goes"
Collaborated once with Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics to Styne's music for the Broadway musical, "Gypsy"
Had two less-than-successful Broadway shows, "Do Re Mi" and "Subways Are for Sleeping"
Co-founded On Stage Productions (with Lester Osterman)
Enjoyed another major Broadway hit with "Funny Girl"; also had another musical, "Fade Out, Fade In", which played a very respectable nine months
Opened 18th Broadway musical, "Hallelujah, Baby!"
Wrote music for Broadway show, "Darling of the Day"
Wrote songs for Broadway musical, "Look to the Lillies"
Wrote music for Broadway musical comedy, "Sugar"
Wrote songs for Broadway show, "Lorelei"
Wrote music for Broadway show, "One Night Stand"
Received tribute at Broadway's St. James Theatre; broadcast on PBS as an installment of "Great Performances" called "Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne"
Performed his song, "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", written for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", alongside Carol Channing at the benefit show, "Night of 100 Stars III", staged at Radio City Music Hall
Final Broadway show, "The Red Shoes", a musicalized revamp of the famous 1948 British film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; Styne wrote much, though not all, of the music; show closed shortly after opening
Only weeks before his death, revised the score of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" by including a new song, "A Ride on a Rainbow", for a revival to be staged at the Goodspeed Opera in East Haddam, CT