A classical piano prodigy who played barrelhouses and speakeasies in Chicago for gangsters like Al Capone as a teenager, Jule Styne headed west during the Hollywood boom to coach its biggest stars such as Shirley Temple and Alice Faye. His primary goal was to compose and he teamed up with Sammy Cahn to produce some of the most popular songs of the WWII Years: “I’ve Heard That Song Before,” “Let It Snow,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” etc. During the postwar years, he went to Broadway and composed songs for leading ladies such as Carol Channing in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing; Ethel Merman in Gypsy; and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. Presented by Fred Miller.
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