The Dress Circle: Songs of Walter Donaldson
We’re celebrating another composer whose name may be unfamiliar, but his works certainly aren’t on this week’s Dress Circle (9/8 7:00 p.m.). His name is Walter Donaldson, and his career spanned some four decades from the 1910s until his death in 1947. His career began as a composer on Tin Pan Alley, eventually writing for Irving Berlin’s publishing company after he served in World War I. In 1928, he left Berlin to form his own publishing company and went on to write over 600 songs, including many used in films. Some of the films we’ll be visiting include, “Ziegfeld Girl,” “Panama Hattie,” “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes,” and “Whoopee” among others.
Tune in to see how many of this gifted songwriter’s works you already know through performances by Eddie Cantor, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Virginia O’Brien, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, and Dinah Shore just to name a few.