Birth name George Gard DeSylva Also known as Buddy De Sylva, Buddy DeSylva, Bud De Sylva, Buddy G. DeSylva, B.G. DeSylva Born January 27, 1895 New York City, U.S. Died July 11, 1950 (aged 55) Los Angeles, California, U.S. Occupation(s) Songwriter, film producer, record executive
Song written by Buddy DeSylva
George Gard " Buddy" DeSylva (January 27, 1895 – July 11, 1950) was an American  songwriter, film producer and record executive. He wrote or co-wrote many popular songs and, along with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs, he co-founded Capitol Records.
Biography [ ]
DeSylva was born in
New York City, but grew up in  California, and attended the  University of Southern California, where he joined the Theta Xi Fraternity.
Portuguese-born father, Aloysius J. De Sylva, was better known to American audiences as actor Hal De Forrest. His father was also a lawyer as well as an actor.  His mother, Georgetta Miles Gard, was the daughter of  Los Angeles police chief George E. Gard.
DeSylva's first successful songs were those used by
Al Jolson on Broadway in the 1918 production of Sinbad, which included "I'll Say She Does". Soon thereafter, he met Jolson and in 1918 the pair went to New York and DeSylva began working as a songwriter in Tin Pan Alley.
In the early 1920s, DeSylva frequently worked with composer
George Gershwin. Together, they created the  experimental one-act jazz opera set in Blue Monday Harlem, which is widely regarded as a forerunner to ten years later.
Porgy and Bess
In April 1924, DeSylva married Marie Wallace, a
Ziegfeld Follies dancer.
In 1925, DeSylva became one third of the songwriting team with lyricist
Lew Brown and composer Ray Henderson, one of the top Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the era. The team was responsible for the song "Magnolia" (1927) which was popularized by  Lou Gold's orchestra. The writing and publishing partnership continued until 1930, producing a string of  hits and the perennial Broadway favorite . Good News
ASCAP in 1920 and served on the ASCAP board of directors between 1922 and 1930. He became a producer of stage and screen musicals. DeSylva relocated to  Hollywood and was contracted to Fox Studios.
During this tenure, he produced movies such as
, The Little Colonel , The Littlest Rebel , Captain January and Poor Little Rich Girl . Stowaway In 1941, he became the  Executive Producer at Paramount Pictures, a position he would hold until 1944. At Paramount, he was also an uncred executive producer for , Double Indemnity , For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Story of Dr. Wassell . The Glass Key Betty Hutton always cred DeSylva for bringing her to Hollywood and launching her film career.
The Paramount all-star extravaganza
, which takes place at the Paramount film studio in Hollywood, features a fictional Star Spangled Rhythm movie executive named "B.G. DeSoto" (played by Walter Abel) who is a parody of DeSylva.
Johnny Mercer, Glenn Wallichs and DeSylva together founded Capitol Records. He also founded the  Cowboy label.
He is sometimes cred as: Buddy De Sylva, Buddy DeSylva, Bud De Sylva, Buddy G. DeSylva and B.G. DeSylva.
Buddy DeSylva died in Hollywood, aged 55, and is buried at
Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Individual songs [ ]
Desylva, Buddy, B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson.
Seven Veils. 26 March 1927  Desylva, Buddy, B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson.
Good News: vocal selection. [Place of publication not identified]: Chappell, n.d. OCLC 495863850 Henderson, Ray, B. G. De Sylva, and Bud Green. "Alabamy Bound". New York: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co, 1925.
OCLC 645628000 De Sylva, B. G., Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson. "Magnolia". 1927.
OCLC 918927178 "
April Showers" "
The Best Things in Life Are Free" "
The Birth of the Blues" "
Button Up Your Overcoat" "
California, Here I Come" "
If You Knew Susie" "
It All Depends on You" "
Look for the Silver Lining" "
Somebody Loves Me" "
Sonny Boy" "
The Varsity Drag" " You're the Cream in My Coffee"
Broadway crs [ ]
(music by La La Lucille George Gershwin) 1922 -
(music by George White's Scandals of 1922 George Gershwin, and included premiere of one-act jazz opera ) Blue Monday 1922 -
(music by Orange Blossoms Victor Herbert) 1922 -
The Yankee Princess (music by Emmerich Kalman) 1923 -
(music by George White's Scandals of 1923 George Gershwin) 1924 -
Sweet Little Devil (music by George Gershwin) 1924 -
music by George White's Scandals of 1924 George Gershwin 1925 -
Big Boy (music by Joseph Meyer and James F. Hanley) 1925 -
Tell Me More! (co-lyricist with Ira Gershwin music by George Gershwin) 1925 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) George White's Scandals of 1925 1925 -
Captain Jinks (music by Lewis Gensler) 1926 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) George White's Scandals of 1926 1926 -
(music by Lewis Gensler) Queen High 1927 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) Good News 1927 -
Manhattan Mary (DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) 1928 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) George White's Scandals of 1928 1928 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) Hold Everything! 1929 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) Follow Thru 1930 -
(DeSylva, Brown and Henderson) Flying High 1932 - (music by Take a Chance Nacio Herb Brown, Richard A. Whiting and Vincent Youmans)
Selected filmography [ ]
In popular culture [ ]
Hollywood film , starring The Best Things in Life Are Free Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, and Ernest Borgnine, depicted the De Sylva, Brown and Henderson collaboration.
References [ ]
Further reading [ ]
Ewen, David (1970).
Great Men of American Popular Song ASIN: B000OKLHXU Green, Stanley (1984). The World Of Musical Comedy. Publisher: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80207-4
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