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Gene De Paul

born on 17/6/1919 in New York City, NY, United States

died on 27/2/1988 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Gene de Paul

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Gene Vincent de Paul (June 17, 1919 – February 27, 1988) was an American pianist, composer and songwriter.


Born in New York City, he served in the United States Army during World War II. Married to Billye Louise Files (November 23, 1924 - January 30, 1977) of Jack County, Texas.

He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1941 and went on to compose the music for many motion pictures. He was nominated (with Don Raye) for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1942 for the song "Pig Foot Pete" from the movie Hellzapoppin. The song actually was not included in that movie, but in the 1941 feature, Keep 'Em Flying, and was thus ineligible for the nomination and award.[1] The award was given to "White Christmas".

De Paul collaborated with Johnny Mercer, Don Raye, Carolyn Leigh, Charles Rinker and others at Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and other Hollywood companies.

De Paul composed the 1953 hit song "Teach Me Tonight".

De Paul was one of the composers of the songs and dances, along with lyricist Johnny Mercer, for the 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for which he was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award for Best Original Score.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.[2]

Gene de Paul died in 1988 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

Musical film credits

Broadway credits


  • 1941 "I'll Remember April", w & m Don Raye, Patricia Johnston & Gene de Paul
  • 1941 "You Don't Know What Love Is", w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
  • 1941 "Gimme Some Skin, My Friend", (performed by The Andrews Sisters in the Abbott and Costello film In the Navy) w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
  • 1942 "Cow Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay)", music by Don Raye, lyrics by Benny Carter & Gene de Paul, featured in Ride 'Em Cowboy that year, and many films since, including The Aviator, Raging Bull, and The Joker Is Wild.
  • 1943 "Star Eyes", w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul from the film I Dood It
  • 1944 "Mr. Five by Five", w & m Don Raye & Gene de Paul
  • " He's My Guy", sung by Ella Fitzgerald and also Dinah Shore (included on the CD The War Years: Songs That Won The War, released 2001.
  • 1953 "Teach Me Tonight" with lyrics by Sammy Cahn


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