born on 15/8/1901 in Scranton, PA, United States
died on 20/12/1976 in Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Ned Washington (August 15, 1901 – December 20, 1976) was an American lyricist.
Washington was nominated for eleven Academy Awards from 1940 to 1962. He won the Best Original Music award twice: in 1940 for "When You Wish upon a Star" in Pinocchio and in 1952 for "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" in High Noon.
Washington had his roots in vaudeville as a master of ceremonies. Having joined ASCAP in 1930, he started his songwriting career with Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in the late 1920s. In 1934, he was signed by MGM and relocated to Hollywood, eventually writing full scores for feature films. During the 40s, he worked for a number of studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney and Republic. During these tenures, he collaborated with many of the great composers of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Max Steiner and Dimitri Tiomkin.
Some of Washington's songwriting credits include:
- "Town Without Pity" (music by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1961), sung in the movie by Gene Pitney
- "Rawhide" (music by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1958), sung in the T.V. show by Frankie Laine
- "Wild Is the Wind" (music by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1956) sung in the movie by Johnny Mathis
- "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (music by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1956), sung in the movie by Frankie Laine
- "The 3:10 to Yuma" (music by George Duning, 1957), sung in the movie by Frankie Laine
- "The High and the Mighty" (music by Dimitri Tiomkin, 1954) (Deleted from the final "cut", but nominated anyway; also deleted from the recent "restoration" by Batjac)
- Lyrics from the musical numbers in the film Let's Do It Again, 1953.
- "My Foolish Heart" (music by Victor Young, 1950)
- "Green Dolphin Street" (music by Bronislau Kaper, 1947)
- "Stella by Starlight" (music by Victor Young), 1944), recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her Verve album Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!.
- "Baby Mine" for Dumbo (music by Frank Churchill, 1941), sung in the movie by Betty Noyes (uncredited); nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 14th Academy Awards.
- "When You Wish upon a Star" for Pinocchio (music by Leigh Harline, 1940), sung in the movie by the character Jiminy Cricket, voice by Cliff Edwards, also known as "Ukulele Ike"
- "The Nearness of You" (with Hoagy Carmichael, 1938)
- "Smoke Rings" (music by H. Eugene Gifford, 1932)
- "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (music by George Bassman, 1932)
- "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" (music by Victor Young, 1932), recorded by Ella Fitzgerald on her Pablo release Digital III at Montreux.
- "Singin' in the Bathtub" (with Herb Magidson; music by Michael H. Cleary, 1929)
Ned Washington is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His grave is located in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.
- Ned Washington on IMDb
- Do Not Forsake Me: The Ballad of High Noon and the Rise of the Movie Theme Song (Senses of Cinema)
- High Noon: Score and Song
- Ned Washington at the Songwriters Hall of Fame