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Jule Styne
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    (December 31, 1905-September 20, 1994)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Julius Stein
    Wrote for the Broadway shows 'High Button Shoes' (1947), 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1949), 'My Sister Eileen' (1955), 'Bells Are Ringing' (1956), 'Gypsy' (1959), 'Funny Girl' (1964) and 'Hallelujah, Baby!' (1967)
    Songs include 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend,' 'Don't Rain On My Parade,' 'Everything's Coming Up Roses,' 'I'll Walk Alone,' 'It's Magic,' 'Just In Time,' 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!' 'People,' 'Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)' and 'Three Coins In The Fountain'
    Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1972)
    He began betting on horses while in high school.
    He noted of his early career as a pianist, 'I must have worked a couple of dozen mob joints.'
    He changed the spelling of his name when he was told 'Stein' was 'too Jewish.'
    He hated Hollywood's adaptations of 'Gypsy' and 'Funny Girl,' claiming 'The movies destroyed every musical they ever made from the stage.'
    He performed with the Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit symphonies before he was ten years old.
    He worked with Sammy Cahn, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Stephen Sondheim, noting 'If you can't be a collaborator, you don't belong in the theater.'
    He won two Tonys for 'Hallelujah, Baby' and the Oscar for Best Song for 'Three Coins in the Fountain.'
    He said, 'A sunny day when I can sit down and write, that's what makes life good.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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