Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay Gorney by Sondra K. GorneyBrother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay Gorney by Sondra K. Gorney

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay Gorney

bySondra K. Gorney

Paperback | August 25, 2005

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In January 2005 the Grammys announced their annual Hall of Fame inductees. Included on the list was Bing Crosby's 1932 recording of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," the anthem of the Great Depression. Jay Gorney, who composed the music for this enduring classic, will also be remembered for such standards as "Baby Take a Bow" (from the film Stand Up and Cheer), "You're My Thrill," and "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" Throughout his lifetime, Gorney wrote hundreds of popular songs for theater, film, and television. In addition to composing, Gorney also produced films and was a distinguished writer and teacher. Unfortunately, his career was brought to a halt in 1953 with his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as he was blacklisted thereafter. This memoir by Jay's wife of more than 45 years chronicles the life of one of American music's most prolific and respected composers. From Gorney's childhood in Russia to his many stage and screen successes to his 1962 Tony Award, Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is a tribute to a man whose humanity, kindness, and courage triumphed over adversity. Contains more than 30 photos, including sheet music covers to some of Jay's greatest songs.
Sondra K. Gorney started her career as an actress in Chicago, performing in theater and radio. After moving to Los Angeles, she met and married Jay Gorney. Together they co-produced several editions of the musical revue Meet The People. When the Blacklist halted Jay's career, Sondra started a 30-year career as a public relations execut...
Title:Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay GorneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.64 × 5.88 × 0.46 inPublished:August 25, 2005Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810856557

ISBN - 13:9780810856554


Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Prologue Part 3 Part 1: In the Beginning Chapter 4 1. Bialystok and the United States Chapter 5 2. Moving On Chapter 6 3. Hollywood, Here He Comes Chapter 7 4. Meet the People Part 8 Part 2: Hollywood and the Big City Chapter 9 5. The Romance Chapter 10 6. MEG Carries On Chapter 11 7. Moving to New York City Chapter 12 8. Branching Out Chapter 13 9. Reunion Part 14 Part 3: Surviving Chapter 15 10. Broadway and TV Activities Chapter 16 11. The Hearings Chapter 17 12. Blacklist Aftermath Chapter 18 13. Meet the People of 1955 Chapter 19 14. Survival Tactics Part 20 Part 4: Reviewing Our Lives Chapter 21 15. Shedding the Past Chapter 22 16. Camp Time Again Chapter 23 17. The Struggle Continues Chapter 24 18. Vacationing Chapter 25 19. The Children Grow Up Part 26 Part 5: The Beginning of the End Chapter 27 20. Fatal Bermuda Chapter 28 21. Reconciliation Chapter 29 22. Father, Grandfather, Teacher, Friend Chapter 30 23. The Accident Chapter 31 24. Greece Again and the Home Chapter 32 25. The Memorial Part 33 Epilogue Part 34 Appendix A: The Broadway Work of Jay Gorney Part 35 Appendix B: Jay Gorney in Hollywood Part 36 Appendix C: Radio and Television Shows and Songs Part 37 Selected Bibliography Part 38 Index Part 39 About the Author

Editorial Reviews

I was privileged to know Jay Gorney and admire him personally, long before I read this unusually thoughtful biography that reflects on his richly varied career on Broadway and in Hollywood - as an important composer and songwriter as well as film producer. The author brings all the intimacy of her close relationship with the subject into this faceted portrait of a man whose decency always illuminated his work and whose integrity helped him to triumph over the blacklist.