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Ralph Blane

Biography

Born: July 26, 1914; Broken Arrow, OK   Died: November 13, 1995; Broken Arrow, OK  
The songwriting team of composer Hugh Martin and lyricist Ralph Blane earned their greatest renown for Meet Me in St. Louis, the classic 1944 Vincente Minnelli film musical which launched the perennials "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Trolley Song." Born Ralph Uriah Hunsecker in Broken Arrow, OK, on July 26, 1914, Blane made his Broadway stage debut in New Faces of 1936, followed a year later by Hooray for What? He then teamed Read more with castmate Martin to form the vocal quartet the Four Martins, additionally arranging vocals for a number of stage productions including One for the Money, Too Many Girls, DuBarry Was a Lady, Cabin in the Sky, and Louisiana Purchase. In 1941, Martin and Blane wrote their own Broadway smash, Best Foot Forward, which yielded the songs "Buckle Down, Winsocki" and "Ev'ry Time"; they soon traveled to Hollywood to adapt the project for MGM. The duo remained in Tinseltown, authoring "The Joint Is Really Jumpin' (In Carnegie Hall)" for 1943's Thousands Cheer before turning to Meet Me in St. Louis, which also included their "The Boy Next Door." Contributions to 1944's Ziegfeld Follies ("Love") and 1947's Good News ("Pass That Peace Pipe") followed, and apart from Martin, Blane also collaborated with composers including Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, and Kay Thompson. Martin and Blane reunited to score the 1954 film Anthea, followed a year later by The Girl Rush; in 1960, the duo also composed several new songs for a stage adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis, adding yet more new material for a 1989 revival. Blane died on November 13, 1995, at the age of 81. Read less
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  • 1.
    111 Classics for Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002179902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Leopold Mozart,  Johnny Marks,  John Frederic Coots  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Reynolds,  Christa Ludwig,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Karl Richter,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    4 Girls 4 Harps At Christmas
    Label: Discovery Music & Vision   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Elisabeth Poston,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Helen [Soprano Vocal] Winter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  4 Girls 4 Harps
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    Deck The Halls / Susanna Andersson, Little Venice Ensemble
    Label: Stone Records   Catalog: 8044 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Leroy Anderson,  Harold Edwin Darke  ... 
    Performer:  Suanna Andersson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Little Venice Ensemble
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    On Christmas Night / Armonico Consort
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 386 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William James Kirkpatrick,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  Jonathan Roberts  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Philip Ledger,  James O'Donnell,  Sir David Willcocks
    Conductor:  Christopher Monks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonico Consort
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  • 5.
    Label: Reflections   Catalog: 60310 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Unspecified,  Jay Livingston,  Mykola Leontovych,  Noel Regney  ... 
    Performer:  Chemayne Del Mastro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boccherini Guitar Quartet
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    Christmas With Mantovani
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Label: Middle Tennessee State University   Catalog: 5637879052 Release Date: 12/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Holcombe,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Andrew Petersen  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Laura Williams,  Kallie Rogers,  Megan Baldwin,  Melissa Keeling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle Tennessee State University Flute Choir
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    Holidays On The Harp
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 92118 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Jay Livingston  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller,  Annie Benjamin
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84395 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Prizeman,  Ben Crawley,  Sam Coates,  Elizabeth May  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
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    Christmas On Stage & Screen / United States Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 53492 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jerry Herman,  Ralph Blane,  Victor Herbert  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band,  United States Air Force Singing Sergeants
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    Label: Montana A Cappella Society   Catalog: 5637712605 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Tomás L. de Victoria,  William Billings,  William Walker  ... 
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    Label: Kristine Muscara   Catalog: 5637409166 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilèa,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alexander Dargomizhsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Kristine Muscara
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    A Classic Christmas
    Label: Laughing Buddha Productions   Catalog: 5637392077 Release Date: 10/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Vince Guaraldi,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Barry,  Jessica Valiente,  Omar Guey,  Julia Kent  ... 
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