Learn more about The Song is You! composers

To learn more about this year’s The Song is You! composers, click on the links below.

Paper Moon: The Songs of Yip Harburg


Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz? Yip Harburg, Lyricist by Harold Myerson and Ernie Harburg. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1993

American Song Lyricists, 1920-60, edited by Philip Furia in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 265. New York: Thomson Gale, 2002


Finian’s Rainbow (cast of the 2010 Broadway revival). PS Classics, 2010

The Wizard of Oz: The Deluxe Edition. Rhino Records, 1995

American Songbook Series: E.Y. Harburg. Smithsonian Collection of Recordings, 1994

Online Resources: 

A Depression-Era Anthem For Our Times: NPR                                                                  “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” depicts the way the American Dream can dissolve into bread lines and bankruptcy. Commentator Rob Kapilow and Susan Stamberg reveal the secret to the Depression-era anthem’s success — and discuss its resonance today.

A Tribute to Yip Harburg: The Man Who Put the Rainbow in The ‘Wizard Of Oz’: Democracy Now                                                                                                                        Known as “Broadway’s Social Conscience,” a journey through the life and work of Yip Harburg, the Broadway lyricist who wrote such hits as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and who put the music into The Wizard of Oz.

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