Burton Lane


Composer

About

Also Known As
Burton Levy
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 02, 1912
Died
January 05, 1997
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Burton Lane produced music that was featured in many Hollywood productions. In 1933, he signed with Irving Berlin's music publishing company. In 1929, he teamed with lyricist Howard Dietz for the Broadway revue "Three's A Crowd." In 1947, he teamed with E.Y. "Yip" Harburg for the musical "Finan's Rainbow." He collaborated with Michael Feinstein on two albums in the early 1990s and accomp...

Family & Companions

Marion Seaman
Wife
Married in 1935; divorced; mother to Diana.
Lynn Lane
Wife
Second wife; survived him.

Notes

Member of the ASCAP since 1933

Served on ASCAP's board from 1985-96

Biography

Burton Lane produced music that was featured in many Hollywood productions. In 1933, he signed with Irving Berlin's music publishing company. In 1929, he teamed with lyricist Howard Dietz for the Broadway revue "Three's A Crowd." In 1947, he teamed with E.Y. "Yip" Harburg for the musical "Finan's Rainbow." He collaborated with Michael Feinstein on two albums in the early 1990s and accompanied him on piano. Lane began his entertainment career with his music featured in films like "She Married a Cop" (1939). He followed this honor with songs in "Thousands Cheer" (1944), the musical comedy "Give a Girl a Break" (1953) with Marge Champion and the Dean Martin sports comedy "Money From Home" (1953). He also appeared in the comedy adaptation "Jupiter's Darling" (1955) with Esther Williams. He was nominated for an Academy Award for "Babes on Broadway" in 1941. . Lane was nominated for a Music (Song) Academy Award for "Royal Wedding" in 1951. In the sixties and the eighties, Lane's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Tony Randall adaptation "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1960), "Finian's Rainbow" (1968) with Fred Astaire and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1970) with Barbra Streisand. His work was also in the Sissy Spacek drama "Raggedy Man" (1981). Lane's music was also featured in the Robin Williams fantastical comedy "The Fisher King" (1991), the Albert Finney drama "Rich in Love" (1993) and "Excess Baggage" (1997). Lane was most recently credited in the comedy "Small Time Crooks" (2000) with Woody Allen. Lane passed away in January 1997 at the age of 85.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Hell's Angels (1930)

Writer (Feature Film)

Affair in Havana (1957)
Screenwriter

Music (Feature Film)

The Post (2017)
Song
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Song
Excess Baggage (1997)
Song
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
Rich in Love (1992)
Song ("I Hear Music")
The Fisher King (1991)
Song
The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Music
The Two Jakes (1990)
Song
Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders (1989)
Theme Song
Racing With The Moon (1984)
Song
Heidi's Song (1982)
Song
Raggedy Man (1981)
Song
Get Carter (1971)
Composer
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
Composer
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Composer
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)
Composer
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958)
Composer
The Young Lions (1958)
Composer
The Party Crashers (1958)
Composer
Jazz Ball (1958)
Composer
Short Cut to Hell (1957)
Composer
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Composer
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Composer
Money from Home (1954)
Composer
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Composer
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952)
Composer
Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
Composer
Royal Wedding (1951)
Composer
Feudin', Fussin and A-Fightin' (1948)
Composer
I Walk Alone (1948)
Composer
This Time for Keeps (1947)
Composer
The Great Morgan (1945)
Composer
Thousands Cheer (1944)
Composer
Rainbow Island (1944)
Composer
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Composer
Meet the People (1944)
Composer
He's My Guy (1943)
Composer
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Composer
Presenting Lily Mars (1943)
Composer
Her Cardboard Lover (1942)
Composer
Panama Hattie (1942)
Composer
Ship Ahoy (1942)
Composer
Babes on Broadway (1942)
Composer
Seven Sweethearts (1942)
Composer
Dancing on a Dime (1940)
Composer
Some Like It Hot (1939)
Composer
She Married a Cop (1939)
Composer
Flight at Midnight (1939)
Composer
Cafe Society (1939)
Composer
Saint Louis Blues (1939)
Composer
Cocoanut Grove (1938)
Composer
Spawn of the North (1938)
Composer
Partners of the Plains (1938)
Composer
College Swing (1938)
Composer
Wells Fargo (1937)
Composer
Her Husband Lies (1937)
Composer
Blonde Trouble (1937)
Composer
Double or Nothing (1937)
Composer
King of Gamblers (1937)
Composer
Love on Toast (1937)
Composer
Night Club Scandal (1937)
Composer
Artists and Models (1937)
Composer
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
Composer
Champagne Waltz (1937)
Composer
Angel's Holiday (1937)
Composer
Hideaway Girl (1936)
Composer
Every Saturday Night (1936)
Composer
College Holiday (1936)
Composer
Shadow of Doubt (1935)
Composer
The Perfect Gentleman (1935)
Composer
Reckless (1935)
Composer
Here Comes the Band (1935)
Composer
L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935)
Composer
Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
Composer
Coming Out Party (1934)
Composer
A Wicked Woman (1934)
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Strictly Dynamite (1934)
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Bottoms Up (1934)
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Kid Millions (1934)
Composer
Dancing Lady (1933)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997)
Music By Richard Rodgers (1990)
Musical Comedy Tonight (1981)

Music (Special)

Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997)
Music
Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997)
Song Performer

Music (Short)

Gypsy Night (1935)
Music

Life Events

1929

Teamed with lyricist Howard Dietz for the Broadway revue "Three's A Crowd"

1933

Signed with Irving Berlin's music publishing company

1933

First movie credit "Everything I Have Is Yours"

1940

First show where he wrote complete score "Hold On To Your Hats"

1947

Teamed with E.Y. "Yip" Harburg for the musical "Finan's Rainbow"

1979

Last Broadway production "Carmelina"

Videos

Movie Clip

Give A Girl A Break (1954) - Applause, Applause Finally on-stage for the big show that gives the movie its name, Bob (Bob Fosse) and Suzy (Debbie Reynolds) perform Applause, Applause, by Burton Land and Ira Gershwin, in Give A Girl A Break, 1954, directed by Stanley Donen.
Pillow To Post (1945) - Watcha Say? (Louis Armstrong) Ida Lupino as sales-gal Jean is juggling William Prince as soldier Don, posing as her husband so she could get military housing, and Johnny Mitchell as client Slim, who wanted a dinner date, while Louis Armstrong leads his band with Dorothy Dandridge singing a tune by Burton Lane and Ted Koehler, in Pillow To Post, 1945.
Royal Wedding (1951) - You're All The World To Me As entertainer "Tom Bowen," Fred Astaire is all over the walls and ceilings over his English girlfriend (played by Winston Churchill's daughter Sarah) in the famous trick sequence, directed by Stanley Donen, from MGM's Royal Wedding, 1951.
College Swing (1938) - How'dja Like To Love Me? Just-introduced Martha Raye as Mabel, having just dropped her fake French persona, offering herself as a “Professor of Practical Romance,” for Bob Hope as Bud, who’s now in charge of staffing up the college, cueing an original tune by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser, in Paramount’s College Swing, 1938, starring George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Ship Ahoy (1942) - I'll Take Tallulah Like many Eleanor Powell numbers, another suggesting she was the best dancer of her generation, devised by Billy Connolly, Bert Lahr and Red Skelton warbling, Tommy Dorsey's band, song by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg, clever bit for drummer Buddy Rich, in Ship Ahoy, 1942.
Ship Ahoy (1942) - Poor You Frank Sinatra is the dandied-up singer performing Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg's "Poor You," with Tommy Dorsey's band in the Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton vehicle Ship Ahoy, 1942.
Royal Wedding (1951) - How Could You Believe Me... Jane Powell and Fred Astaire as Brother-Sister Act "Tom and Ellen Bowen," performing the Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner tune with a very long name in Royal Wedding, 1951, choreography by Nick Castle.
Jupiter's Darling (1955) - If This Be Slavery High society Roman Amytis (Esther Williams) with her slave (Marge Champion), for whom she buys a slave (Gower Champion), who together perform If This Be Slavery by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson, in MGM's Jupiter's Darling, 1955.
Jupiter's Darling (1955) - -- Never Trust A Woman Curious Roman Amytis (Esther Williams) has pretty much caused herself to be captured by conqueror Hannibal of Carthage (Howard Keel), who offers a tune by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson as he considers whether to rely on her intelligence, George Sidney directing, in MGM’s Jupiter’s Darling,1955.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - Look To The Rainbow Petula Clark sings the Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg tune, as she and Fred Astaire (playing her Irish father) traverse the United States, in Francis Coppola's charming, if geographically incoherent, opening credit sequence, from Finian's Rainbow, 1968.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - Something Sort Of Grandish Irish Sharon (Petula Clark) has just fished leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele) from the well at her new home in the U-S-A, though he doesn't realize she's fallen for another, as they deliver a tune by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg, in Finian's Rainbow, 1968.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - Follow The Fellow Fred Astaire (as Finian, fresh from Ireland), age 68, in his last musical, leads Petula Clark (as daughter Sharon), who was convinced she couldn't dance with him, into their first number, all the American kids supporting, Francis Coppola directing, in Finian's Rainbow, 1968.

Family

Lazarus Levy
Father
Real estate broker.
Frances Fink Levy
Mother
Pianist.
Diana Lane
Daughter
Mother Marion Seamon; survived him.
Elizabeth Kaye
Step-Daughter
Survived him.
Peggy Kaye
Step-Daughter
Survived him.
Hillary Kaye
Step-Daughter
Survived him.

Companions

Marion Seaman
Wife
Married in 1935; divorced; mother to Diana.
Lynn Lane
Wife
Second wife; survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

Member of the ASCAP since 1933

Served on ASCAP's board from 1985-96

President of the American Guild of Authurs and Composers (now Songwriters Guild).

Received Academy Award nominations for "How About You" (1941), "Babes On Broadway" (1942) and "Too Late Now" (1951).

Inducted into the songwriters Hall of Fame