Enlisted in US Navy; began writing songs
After military service, continued to pursue career as a songwriter
Hired to work as a song plugger at Stark & Cowan; quit after a short stint
Had first hit song "Rose of the Rio Grande", with lyrics by Edgar Leslie
Both "Home in Pasadena" and "So This Is Venice" introduced by Paul Whiteman
Served as director of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Penned the score for the film "Spring Is Here"
Worked on the score for the stage musical "Sweet and Low" produced by Billy Rose; lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Hired by Billy Rose to write songs for the stage show "Crazy Quilt", including the now classic "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in the Five and Ten Cent Store)"
Collaborated with lyricist Mort Dixon on the songs for the Broadway show "Laugh Parade"
Wrote music for "Roman Scandals" featuring Eddie Cantor
With Al Dubin, wrote the songs for the screen musical "42nd Street"; also appeared on screen with Dubin
Appeared in the short film "Harry Warren, America's Foremost Composer"
Composed songs for "Footlight Parade" and "The Gold Diggers of 1933"
Received Academy Award for Best Song for "Lullaby of Broadway", written for "Gold Diggers of 1935" with Dubin
Picked up second Academy Award nomination for "Remember Me" (written with Dubin for the film "Mr. Dodd Takes the Air")
Earned third Oscar nomination for "Jeepers Creepers", written with Johnny Mercer for the film "Going Places"
Put under contract at 20th Century-Fox; worked frequently with lyricist Mack Gordon
Fourth Best Song Oscar nomination, the title number from "Down Argentine Way", with lyrics by Gordon
Had hit song with "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (lyrics by Mack Gordon) recorded by Glenn Miller; used in film "Sun Valley Serenade"; earned fifth Best Song Oscar nomination
Once again had a hit introduced by Glenn Miller, "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo"; featured in the movie "Orchestra Wives"; netted sixth career Best Song Oscar nomination
Won second Academy Award for "You'll Never Know", written with Mack Gordon for the film "Hello, Frisco, Hello"
Moved from 20th Century-Fox to MGM
Earned third Oscar for "On the Acheson, Topeka and the Sante Fe"; lyrics by Johnny Mercer; written for the film musical "The Harvey Girls"
Wrote the music for "Summer Holiday"
Loaned out to Warner Bros. to write the songs for the Doris Day vehicle "My Dream Is Yours"
Penned songs for the Astaire-Rogers reteaming in "The Barkleys of Broadway"
Released from contract by MGM
Garnered ninth Oscar nomination for Best Song for "Zing a Little Zong" (written with Leo Robin) for the film "Just for You"; one of 11 songs written for film
Penned "That's Amore" for the film "The Caddy" (lyrics by Jack Brooks); earned 10th Oscar nomination for Best Song
Composed the theme for the TV series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp"
Wrote the score for the Broadway musical "Shangri-La", based on the book and film "Lost Horizon"
Wrote the title tune for "An Affair to Remember" (with lyrics by director Leo McCarey and Harold Adamson); earned 11th career Academy Award nomination
Composed the theme to the TV series "The Californians"
Wrote the title song for the film "Separate Tables"
Composed the songs for the Jerry Lewis vehicle "Cinderfella"
Penned the song "Bang Tail" for "The Ladies' Man", starring Lewis
Teamed with Mercer to create songs for "Rosie!", starring Rosalind Russell
Hired to write the songs for an unproduced film called "Manhattan Melody"
Stage adaptation of "42nd Street" opened on Broadway and won that year's Tony Award as Best Musical; producer David Merrick did not mention the songwriters in any advertising for the show
Revival of "42nd Street" opened on Broadway