Blues in the Night), and the harmonic richness and melodic inventiveness of his other songs (e.g.,
That Old Black Magic,
One for My Baby) also had their roots in jazz. In 1939, Arlen won an Academy Award for the song
Over the Rainbowin the film The Wizard of Oz. Among the 29 other films for which he wrote scores are Cabin in the Sky (1943) and A Star Is Born (1954). He also wrote the music for eight Broadway shows, notably House of Flowers (1954).
See biography by E. Jablonski (1961, repr. 1985, rev. ed. 1996); Harold Arlen Songbook (1987).
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