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Whiting, Richard A.
Richard A. Whiting
1896-2006 (bulk 1950-2006)
1 linear ft. (in
Richard A. Whiting was a
prominent music composer for Hollywood and Broadway productions from the
1920s-1930s. The Richard A. Whiting Collection, 1896-2006, contains files
related to Whiting’s life and career as a musical composer including
correspondence, photographs, periodicals and sheet music.
Files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.Detailed information on material in this collection was provided by
the donor. This information has been photocopied and placed in the beginning of
relevant folders. All such has information has also been collected and filed
together in the folder marked "Yellow Slips."
Scope and Content of the Collection
The Richard A. Whiting Collection, 1896-2006, contains files related
to Whiting's life and career as a musical composer. The bulk of the
collection dates from 1950-2006 and was assembled by his widow and daughters.
The collection contains the "Outline of the Whiting family" written by Eleanor
Whiting, which provides a personal account of Richard Whiting's life and
career. Correspondence and documents regarding the legal arrangements of PaxWin
Corporation, the entity established between Whiting's widow, daughters
and publisher George Paxton, are notable to the Collection. The Collection also
contains an accumulation of articles, essays and book chapters showing
Whiting's influence on and contributions to the early American pop
music. Whiting family photos showing family homes, childhood photos and Whiting
with colleagues constitute a significant portion of the collection.
Biography of Richard A. Whiting
Richard A. Whiting was a prominent music composer for Hollywood and
Broadway productions from the 1920s-1930s. Whiting was born in Peoria, Illinois
in 1891. During his childhood, Whiting's parents moved to Los Angeles,
California. Whiting became a skilled pianist at a young age and later toured
the country with Marshall Neilan in a vaudeville act. After the vaudeville act
disbanded, Whiting worked for a short time in the Detroit office of music
publisher Jerome Remick but left this job to concentrate on writing music.
Whiting's first hit "It's Tulip Time in Holland"
marked the beginning of his progressive climb in the popular music industry
where hardly a year passed without at least two Whiting-composed song
successes. In 1918, Whiting won a war-time song contest with "Till We
Meet Again," (Ray Egan, lyricist) which subsequently sold six million
copies and became very popular among soldiers. Whiting married Eleanore
Youngblood in 1923. The couple had two daughters, pop vocalist Margaret Whiting
and singer/actress Barbara Whiting.
Over his career on Broadway and in Hollywood, Whiting collaborated
with many of the music industry's most celebrated lyricists including
Gus Kahn, Ray Egan, Buddy DeSylva, Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Johnny
Mercer. He wrote for the Broadway musicals Toot Sweet
(1919) and Take a Chance (1932). In
Hollywood, Whiting produced over 50 hits in less than a decade. His best known
works include: "Ain't We Got Fun?" (1921, lyrics by Ray
Egan/Gus Khan ), "She's Funny That Way" (1928, lyrics by
Neil Moret), "Beyond the Blue Horizon" (1930, lyrics by W. Franke
Harling/Leo Robin), "One Hour with You" (1932, lyrics by Leo
Robin), "On the Good Ship Lollipop" (1934, lyrics by Sidney
Clare), "Too Marvelous for Words" (1937, lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
and "Hooray for Hollywood" (1938, lyrics by Johnny Mercer).
Whiting passed away on February 10, 1938 in Beverly Hills, California at the
age of 46.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Whiting, Richard A.,
Popular music--writing and
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [folder title], the Richard A. Whiting Collection, M209,
Popular Music Collections. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State
Gift of Margaret Whiting, 2006.
Processed by Amanda Brown, February 2007.
Related materials in this repository:
Johnny Mercer papers (M001). Popular Music Collection, Special
Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Johnny and Ginger Mercer papers (M002). Popular Music
Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta,
Margaret Whiting and Jack Wrangler Interview (M206). Popular
Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University,
Margaret Whiting Collection (M064). Popular Music Collection,
Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Separated material: During processing,
sheet music was separated to the Popular Music Sheet Music Collection. See List
of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.