Harold Adamson, shown here in a 1940's photo, co-composed the opening theme for the "I Love Lucy" series.
|Born:||December 10, 1906|
|Birthplace:||Greenville, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Died||August 17, 1980(aged 73)|
|Deathplace:||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
|Family and Personal information|
|I Love Lucy|
Harold Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980) was an American lyricist during the 1930s and 1940s. He, along with Wilbur Hatch and Marco Rizo co-composed the opening theme for I Love Lucy, also penning the words to the theme, which Desi Arnaz, as Ricky Ricardo, would sing to wife Lucy in one episode.
Adamson, the son of Harold Adamson and Marion "Minnie" Campbell Adamson, was born and raised in New Jersey. Adamson suffered from polio as a child which limited the use of his right hand. Initially, Adamson was interested in acting but he began writing songs and poetry as a teenager. He went on to studying acting at the University of Kansas and Harvard. Ultimately he entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. During his stint with MGM, he wrote many popular and successful songs, including the theme song for the hit sitcom "I Love Lucy".
He was nominated for five Academy Award Nominations for lyrics to several original movie scores. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
Songs or lyrics by Harold AdamsonEdit
- An Affair to Remember
- Around the World
- Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer
- Everything I Have Is Yours (with Burton Lane)
- I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night nominated for an Oscar for Best Song, also featured in the 1943 film Higher and Higher, sung by Frank Sinatra
- I Love Lucy (And She Loves Me)
- It's a Wonderful World
- I've Come to California, theme song for the 1957-1959 NBC television series The Californians, set in San Francisco during the gold rush of the 1850s
- A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening from the 1943 film Higher and Higher, sung by Frank Sinatra
- Manhattan Serenade
- My Resistance Is Low
- There's Something in the Air
- Time on My Hands (with Mack Gordon and Vincent Youmans)
- We're Having A Baby (My Baby and Me) 1941. Music by Vernon Duke. Sung by Desi Arnaz.
- American National Biography, vol. 1, pp. 135–136.