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Nacio Herb Brown (1896 - 1964)

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Nacio Herb Brown
1896 - 1964
Born
February 22, 1896
Deming, New Mexico, USA in Deming, Luna County, New Mexico United States 88030
Death
September 28, 1964
San Francisco, CA, USA in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California United States
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Nacio Herb Brown was born on February 22, 1896 at Deming, New Mexico, USA, Deming, New Mexico United States. Nacio Herb died on September 28, 1964 at San Francisco, CA, USA, San Francisco, California United States at 68 years of age. We know that Nacio Herb Brown had been residing in .
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Nacio Herb Brown Birth name Ignacio Herb Brown Born February 22, 1896 Deming, New Mexico, U.S. Died September 28, 1964 (aged 68) San Francisco, California Composer, songwriter Ignacio Herbert "Nacio Herb" Brown (February 22, 1896 – September 28, 1964) was an American writer of popular songs, movie scores, and Broadway theatre music from the 1920s through the early 1950s. Amongst his most enduring works are the scores for the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain, and the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms. Life and career Ignacio Herbert Brown was born in Deming, New Mexico to Ignacio and Cora Brown. He had an older sister, Charlotte. In 1901 his family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended Manual Arts High School. His music education started with instruction from his mother, Cora Alice (Hopkins) Brown. Brown first operated a tailoring business (1916), and then became a financially successful realtor, but he always wrote and played. After his first hit "Coral Sea" (1920) and first big hit, "When Buddha Smiles" (1921), he eventually became a full-time composer. He joined The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1927. In 1928 he was hired to work in Hollywood by MGM and write film scores for the new medium of sound film. For his film work, he often collaborated with lyricist Arthur Freed. Their music is collected for the most part in Singin' in the Rain. He appeared in the MGM variety film The Hollywood Revue of 1929. Brown also worked with Richard A. Whiting and Buddy De Sylva on Broadway Musicals such as Take a Chance. Along with L. Wolfe Gilbert, Nacio wrote the music for the popular children's television western, Hopalong Cassidy which first aired in 1949. After an 18-month battle with cancer and a brief hospitalization at UCSF Medical Center, Brown died on September 28, 1964 in San Francisco, California at the home of his children, Nacio Jan Brown and Candace Nacio Brown. Legacy He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, and into the New Mexico Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2012. Marriage Brown was married at least five times. Ruby Porter with whom he had one child, Nacio Herb Brown, Jr., who also became a composer. Brown and Porter divorced in 1931. In 1932 he married Jeanne Borlini Lockhart. In 1934 he married actress Anita Page. Beffie Kellogg. Georgeann Morris, to whom he was married when he died. The couple had two children together, Nacio Jan Brown and Candace Brown.
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Published songs and music "All I Do Is Dream of You" "Alone" "American Bolero" "Avalon Town " "Broadway Melody" "Broadway Rhythm" "Doll Dance" "Eadie Was a Lady" "Good Morning" "I've Got a Feelin’ You're Foolin"' "Love Is Where You Find It" "Make 'Em Laugh" "The Moon Is Low" (with Arthur Freed) "A New Moon Is Over My Shoulder" "Our Big Love Scene" "Pagan Love Song" (with Arthur Freed) "Paradise" (1931) "Should I" "Singin' in the Rain" "Sweetheart Darlin"' "Temptation" "Wedding of the Painted Doll" "When Buddha Smiles" (1921) "You Are My Lucky Star" "You Stepped Out of a Dream" "You Were Meant For Me"

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29—Nacio Herb Brown, the composer of such songs as “Singing in the Rain,” “You Are My Lucky Star” and “Pagan Love Song,” died of cancer here yesterday after an illness of 18 months. He was 68 years old. Mr. Brown, who began writing, tunes as a hobby, became one of the most successful of the Hollywood composers working in the heyday of the lavish, melodious, and often nonsensical movie musical. In collaboration with Arthur Freed, who wrote the lyrics, Mr. Brown compiled an impressive list of standards. These included “You Were Meant for Me,” “You're an Old Smoothie,” “Broadway Melody of 1929,” “All I Do Is Dream of You” and “Alone.” Mr. Brown and Mr. Freed met in a music store. In their partnership, they worked closely together, with Mr. Brown composing on the piano. They would usually start with a title and then fit melody and lyric to each other. Ignacio Herb Brown was born in 1896 in Deming, N. D., where his father, a former stagecoach driver, had been a Wells Fargo agent. Ignacio eventually dropped the first syllable from his given name. In 1902 his family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended high school. While still in school Mr. Brown took up composing. He had been taught to play the piano by his mother. His father played the clarinet. But music was still only a hobby for him when as a young man he opened a men's wear shop in Los Angeles. Later he became fairly successful as a buyer of booming land. He was one of the first to realize the value of land in Beverly Hills. After buying a good deal of land in that area for investment, Mr. Brown built himself a house there. In 1926 a song was written by Mr. Brown and called “Doll Dance”‐ became a hit. It was written for a stage production called “Hollywood Stage Review.” Mr. Brown's growing reputation as a talented amateur songwriter led Irving Thalberg, then chief of producers at the Metro‐Goldwyn‐Mayer studios, to suggest that he write for the movies. With the real‐estate business booming, he rejected this offer. But after the market crash of .1929, he went to see Mr. Thalberg and began his long association with M‐G‐M. He retired as a songwriter in 1950, by which time the Hollywood musical had passed from the glory of the big theaters to early morning television. At his death, Mr. Brown was visiting two of his children, Nacio Jan Brown and Candace Nacio Brown. He died at their residence after having spent two days in the University of California Medical Center. Another son, Nacio Herb Brown Jr., lives in Beverly Hills. Mr. Brown's widow, Georgeann, also survives. Mr. Brown had been married twice before. Both marriages ended in divorce.
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In 1896, in the year that Nacio Herb Brown was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

In 1908, by the time this person was only 12 years old, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

In 1935, this person was 39 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1959, Nacio Herb was 63 years old when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1964, in the year of Nacio Herb Brown's passing, on February 9th, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched - although the Beatles couldn't be heard because of the loud screaming of the female teenage audience.

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