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HONORS & AWARDS

Academy Award

  • 1938 - Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg won the Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture for Over The Rainbow from the movie The Wizard of Oz.

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Academy Award Nominations

  • 1941
    • Blues in the Night from the film Blues in the Night

  • 1943
    • Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe from the film Cabin in the Sky
    • My Shining Hour from the film The Sky's the Limit
    • That Old Black Magic from the film Star Spangled Rhythm

  • 1944
    • Now I Know from the film Up in Arms

  • 1945
    • Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive from the film Here Comes the Waves

  • 1948
    • For Every Man There's A Woman from the film Casbah

  • 1954
    • The Man That Got Away from the film A Star is Born

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Number One Song of the 20th Century
  • 2000 - Over the Rainbow, from The Wizard of Oz, was deemed the Number One Song of the Century out of a list of 365 songs compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Stamp
  • September 11, 1996

In celebration of the era of big bands and songwriters, the United States Postal Service presented the Big Band Leaders and Songwriters Series of Commemorative Stamps.

The Harold Arlen stamp was unveiled by the composer's son, Sam Arlen, at a dedication ceremony in Shubert Alley in New York City. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Laura Belle's on West Forty-Third Street, at which guests danced to the music of the honored songwriters and band leaders, as performed by The John Pizzarelli Orchestra.

Stamps were released in honor of the following people:

  • Harold Arlen (composer)
  • Johnny Mercer (lyricist)
  • Dorothy Fields (lyricist)
  • Hoagy Carmichael. (lyricist)
  • Count Basie (band leader)
  • Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey (band leaders)
  • Glenn Miller (band leader)
  • Benny Goodman (band leader)

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Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • March 8, 1971 - Harold Arlen was duly elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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ASCAP Golden Circle Induction
  • 1980 - Having been a member of ASCAP for fifty (50) years (since June 26, 1930), Harold Arlen was inducted into the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Golden Circle.

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ASCAP Most Performed Standards Award
  • May 3, 1984 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented Harold Arlen with an award for Over the Rainbow being one of the most performed ASCAP standards from 1973 to 1983.

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ASCAP Outstanding Country Song Award
  • October 14, 1981 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented Harold Arlen with an award of merit for his "Outstanding Country Song," Over The Rainbow.

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ASCAP/Richard Rodgers Award
  • April 19, 1984 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation and Richard and Dorothy Rodgers Foundation awarded Harold Arlen the ASCAP/Richard Rodgers Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the American Musical Theater.

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New York University Musical Theatre Hall of Fame
  • November 13, 1995 - Harold Arlen was inducted to The New York University Musical Theater Hall of Fame for "his ability to weave blues and jazz elements into a distinctive and highly textured idiom."

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National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Awards
  • 1963 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Harold Arlen with a certificate in recognition of his nomination for the Best Album Notes on The Barbra Streisand Album.

  • 1981 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (Best Composer/Lyrcist Category) with a certificate in recognition for their participation in the Grammy Award Winning Best Cast Show Album, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway.

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Library of Congress Certificate of Honor
  • April 24, 1973 - The Achievement Recognition Institute honored Harold Arlen the coveted distinction of becoming a reference within the Library of Congress. This distinction of merit and is presented to a select few outstanding and prominent contributors to society.

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Railroad Hour Award
  • September 5, 1949 - The Railroad Hour Radio Program, on behalf of its listeners, its artists and sponsors, awarded a tribute to Harold Arlen for having "woven his own black magic into melodies which have become standards of American popular music and especially for the charm and warmth of his score for the Wizard of Oz."

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Urban/Low Spirit Music Award
  • May 1994 - Motor Music presented Harold Arlen with a Platinum Record to recognize sales in Germany of more than 500,000 copies of the Urban/Low Spirit Single Over the Rainbow.

  • May 1994 - Motor Music presented Harold Arlen with a Gold Record to recognize sales in Germany of more than 250,000 copies of the Urban/Low Spirit Single Over the Rainbow.

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Additional Citations
  • March 21, 1965 - Cue Magazine (30th Anniversary celebration) honors at Lincoln Center
  • February 25, 1973 - Handel Medallion from the City of New York by Mayor John Lindsay
  • November 19, 1979 - Theater Hall of Fame Award
  • February 15, 1980 - ASCAP Tribute, New York Times
  • March 15, 1982 - National Academy of Music Johnny Mercer Award
  • February 15, 1984 - City of Los Angeles' declaration of "Harold Arlen Day"

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Televisions Tributes
  • Date Unknown - Twentieth Century Tribute with Walter Cronkite
  • February 25, 1973 - NBC: A Tribute to Composer Harold Arlen

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Musical Review Tributes
  • November 23, 1975 - Players Club: A Sense of Style - The Music of Harold Arlen
  • November 7, 1977 - Museum of the City of New York: Sweet and Hot
  • May 3 - 28, 1978 - Manhattan Theater Club: Happy With The Blues
  • February 15, 1984 - Westwood Playhouse:Get Happy
  • February 13 - March 17, 1991 - Stagewest: Sweet & Hot in Harlem
  • February 10 - 12, 1995 - Wilshire Theater: Over the Rainbow - The Music of Harold Arlen

 

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