Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay Gorney
- Publish Date: 2005-08-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Sondra K. Gorney
In January 2005 the Grammys announced their annual Hall of Fame inductees. Included on the list was Bing Crosby's 1932 recording of Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, the anthem of the Great Depression. Jay Gorney, who composed the music for this enduring classic, will also be remembered for such standards as Baby Take a Bow (from the film Stand Up and Cheer), You're My Thrill, and What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?
Throughout his lifetime, Gorney wrote hundreds of popular songs for theater, film, and television. In addition to composing, Gorney also produced films and was a distinguished writer and teacher. Unfortunately, his career was brought to a halt in 1953 with his appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee, as he was blacklisted thereafter.
This memoir by Jay's wife of more than 45 years chronicles the life of one of American music's most prolific and respected composers. From Gorney's childhood in Russia to his many stage and screen successes to his 1962 Tony Award, Brother Can You Spare a Dime? is a tribute to a man whose humanity, kindness, and courage triumphed over adversity. Contains more than 30 photos, including sheet music covers to some of Jay's greatest songs.