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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Richard Adler

Richard Adler

Born: August 3, 1921, New York, New York

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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0019

This chapter examines the work of Richard Adler. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Adler was the son of a serious musician, concert pianist Clarence Adler. Following wartime service in the Navy, Adler went into the advertising field. In 1950 he began writing pop songs with Jerry Ross (born March 9, 1926, in the Bronx), including the chart-topping 1953 pop hit Rags to Riches.

Keywords:   Richard Adler, composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, Jerry Ross, Rags to Riches, pop songs

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