With his partner, songwriter Hugh Martin, composer and lyricist Ralph Blane (1914 - 1995) penned many American standards for the stage and MGM musicals. Their best-loved songs include 'My Blue Heaven', 'Meet Me in St. Louis' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'. One of their best known standards was 'The Trolley Song'; when called upon to write a song about trolleys, the two writers were stumped. When visiting a public library, they found a caption in a book, reading "Clang, clang, clang went the trolley", which of course formed the nucleus for the lyrics of their famous song.
Blane began his career in the 30s as a radio singer for NBC. He then performed in a few Broadway musicals. He and Martin teamed up in the early 40s. Their first songs together showed up in the Broadway musical 'Best Foot Forward' (1941); MGM adapted it for film in 1943. Their best-known musical remains 'Meet Me in St Louis' which became a classic on Broadway and in film. 'The Trolley Song' earned them their first Oscar nomination; their second came for 'Pass That Peace Pipe', which they wrote in conjunction with Roger Edens.
Blane also collaborated with composers including Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, and Kay Thompson.
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