Saturday, February 17, 2007

R.I.P.: Ray Evans (1915-2007)

Along with songwriting partner Jay Livingston, Ray Evans was nominated for seven Oscars, and won three -- for "Buttons and Bows" (in the 1947 Bob Hope comedy The Paleface), "Mona Lisa" (in the 1950 Alan Ladd vehicle Captain Carey, USA) and, most famously, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much. (Livingston died in 2001 at age 86.) And if that's not enough to guarantee their place in the pantheon of pop culture history, consider this: They also wrote the themes for Bonanza, Mr. Ed -- and The Bugs Bunny Show. And a-one and a-two and: "Overture! Curtain lights! This is it! The night of nights! No more rehearsing and nursing a part! We know every part by hearrrrrrrrrrrrrt!"

Sorry, got carried away there for a second. I'll be quiet now, and maybe the dog next door will stop barking.

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