GEORGE GARD "BUDDY" DESYLVA (January 27, 1895 – July 11, 1950) was an American songwriter , film producer and record executive . He wrote or co-wrote many popular songs and along with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs, he founded Capitol Records .
* 1 Biography * 2 Individual songs * 3 Broadway credits * 4 Selected filmography * 5 In popular culture * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links
DeSylva was born in New York City, but grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California , where he joined the Theta Xi Fraternity . His father, Aloysius J. De Sylva, was better known to American audiences as the Portuguese-born actor, Hal De Forrest . His mother, Georgetta Miles Gard, was the daughter of Los Angeles police chief , George E. Gard .
DeSylva's first successful songs were those used by Al Jolson on Broadway in the 1918 _Sinbad_ production, which included "I'll Say She Does". Soon thereafter he met Jolson and in 1918 the pair went to New York and DeSylva began working as a songwriter in Tin Pan Alley .
In the early 1920s, DeSylva frequently worked with composer George Gershwin . Together they created the experimental one-act jazz opera _Blue Monday _ set in Harlem , which is widely regarded as a forerunner to _ Porgy and Bess _ ten years later.
In April 1924, DeSylva married Marie Wallace, a Ziegfeld Follies dancer.
In 1925, DeSylva became one third of the songwriting team with lyricist Lew Brown and composer Ray Henderson , one of the top Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the era. The team was responsible for the song _Magnolia_ (1927) which was popularized by Lou Gold\'s orchestra. The writing and publishing partnership continued until 1930, producing a string of feel-good hits and the perennial Broadway favorite _Good News _. The popularity of this team was so great that Gershwin's mother supposedly chided her sons for not being able to write the sort of hits turned out by the trio.
DeSylva joined ASCAP in 1920 and served on the ASCAP board of directors between 1922 and 1930. He became a producer of stage and screen musicals . DeSylva relocated to Hollywood and went under contract to Fox Studios . During this tenure, he produced movies such as _The Little Colonel _, _ The Littlest Rebel _, _Captain January _, _Poor Little Rich Girl _ and _Stowaway _. In 1941, he became the Executive Producer at Paramount Pictures , a position he would hold until 1944. At Paramount, he was also an uncredited executive producer for _Double Indemnity _, _For Whom the Bell Tolls _, _The Story of Dr. Wassell _ and _ The Glass Key _.
The Paramount all-star extravaganza _ Star Spangled Rhythm _, which takes place at the Paramount film studio in Hollywood, features a fictional movie executive named "B.G. DeSoto" (played by Walter Abel ) who is a parody of DeSylva.
He is sometimes credited as: Buddy De Sylva, Buddy DeSylva, Bud De Sylva, Buddy G. DeSylva and B.G. DeSylva.
Buddy DeSylva died in Hollywood, aged 55, and is buried at Glendale\'s Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery .
* Desylva, Buddy, B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson. _Good News: vocal selection_. : Chappell, n.d. OCLC 495863850 * Henderson, Ray, B. G. De Sylva, and Bud Green. _Alabamy Bound_. New York: Shapiro, Bernstein ">
* ^ "Composers-Lyricists Database, Biography: Buddy DeSylva". Retrieved 2008-01-10. * ^ Furia, Philip (1990). _The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: a History of America's Great Lyricists_. Oxford University Press. p. 88. ISBN 0195064089 . * ^ Furia, Philip (1990). _The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: a History of America's Great Lyricists_. Oxford University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0195064089 . * ^ Jasen, David A. (2003). _ Tin Pan Alley An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of Song_. Routledge. p. 109. ISBN 0415938775 . * ^ Furia, Philip (1990). _The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: a History of America's Great Lyricists_. Oxford University Press. p. 94. ISBN 0195064089 . * ^ " Buddy DeSylva (1895 - 1950) - Find A Grave Memorial". _www.findagrave.com_. Retrieved 2016-08-01. * ^ Jasen, David A. (2003). _ Tin Pan Alley An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of Song_. Routledge. p. 110. ISBN 0415938775 .
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