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Allie Wrubel

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Allie Wrubel (January 15, 1905 – January 13, 1973) was an American composer and songwriter.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Wrubel attended Wesleyan University and Columbia University before working in dance bands. He began his musical career in Greenwich Village, New York where he roomed with his close friend and famous film star, James Cagney. He played saxophone and clarinet for a variety of famous swing bands. In 1934 he moved to Hollywood to work for Warner Bros. as a contract song writer. He contributed material to a large number of movies, including those of the famous Busby Berkeley before moving to Disney in 1947.

Wrubel collaborated with lyricist Ray Gilbert on the song “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the film Song of the South which won the Oscar for Best Song in 1947.

Wrubel also contributed to the films Make Mine Music, Duel in the Sun, I Walk Alone, Melody Time, Tulsa, Never Steal Anything Small and Midnight Lace. The lyricists with whom he collaborated included Abner Silver, Herb Magidson, Charles Newman, Mort Dixon and Ned Washington. When he died, at Twentynine Palms, California, he left a lengthy catalogue of songs.

Allie Wrubel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. His best-known songs include:
The Lady from 29 Palms
Gone with the Wind
I’ll Buy that Dream
Mine Alone
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

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