Harold Adamson
For the Toronto Police Chief see Harold Adamson (police chief)
Harold Adamson (police chief)
Harold Adamson was Chief of the Metropolitan Toronto Police in the 1970s and served as a police officer for 41 years until his retirement in 1980....

Harold Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980) was an American
United States
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A lyricist is a songwriter who specializes in lyrics. A singer who writes the lyrics to songs is a singer-lyricist. This differentiates from a singer-composer, who composes the song's melody.-Collaboration:...

 during the 1930s and 1940s.


Adamson, the son of Harold Adamson and Marion "Minnie" Campbell Adamson, was born and raised in Greenville, 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
University of Kansas
The University of Kansas is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, and Kansas City, Kansas with the main campus being located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest point in Lawrence. The...

 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
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on the Columbia Broadcasting System...


He was nominated for five Academy Award Nominations
Academy Awards
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 for lyrics to several original movie scores. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Songwriters Hall of Fame
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 in 1972.

Harold Adamson died in Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills, California
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Songs or lyrics by Harold Adamson

  • "We're Having A Baby (My Baby and Me)" 1941. Music by Vernon Duke. Sung by Desi Arnaz.
  • "Time on My Hands
    Time on My Hands (song)
    "Time on My Hands" is a popular song with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Harold Adamson and Mack Gordon, published in 1930. Introduced in the musical Smiles by Marilyn Miller and Paul Gregory.-Notable Recordings:...

    " (with Mack Gordon
    Mack Gordon
    Mack Gordon was an American composer and lyricist of songs for the stage and film. He was nominated for the best original song Oscar nine times, including six consecutive years between 1940 and 1945, and won the award once, for "You'll Never Know"...

     and Vincent Youmans
    Vincent Youmans
    Vincent Youmans was an American popular composer and Broadway producer.- Life :Vincent Millie Youmans was born in New York City on September 27, 1898 and grew-up on Central Park West on the site where the Mayflower Hotel once stood. His father, a prosperous hat manufacturer, moved the family to...

  • "An Affair to Remember
    An Affair to Remember
    An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation....

  • "Everything I Have Is Yours
    Everything I Have Is Yours (song)
    "Everything I Have Is Yours" is a popular song.The music was written by Burton Lane, the lyrics by Harold Adamson. The song was published in 1933. It was first sung by Art Jarrett in the 1933 film Dancing Lady.-Recordings:...

    " (with Burton Lane
    Burton Lane
    Burton Lane was an American composer and lyricist. His most popular and successful work is the musical Finian's Rainbow, "the score for which Lane will always be most remembered."-Biography:...

  • "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night"
  • "It's a Wonderful World"
  • "Manhattan Serenade
    Manhattan Serenade
    "Manhattan Serenade" was composed by Louis Alter in 1928, with lyrics added years later by Harold Adamson. It was a hit record for swing era bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey .-Films:...

  • "There's Something in the Air"
  • "Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer"
  • "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
    A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
    "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" is a popular song with music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Harold Adamson, published in 1943.The song is considered a pop standard, recorded by many artists.-Recorded versions:*The Angels*Shirley Bassey*Shocky...

    " from the 1943 film Higher and Higher
    Higher and Higher (film)
    Higher and Higher is a 1943 musical film starring Michèle Morgan, Jack Haley, and Frank Sinatra, loosely based on a 1940 Broadway musical written by Gladys Hurlbut and Joshua Logan. The film, however, written by Jay Dratler and Ralph Spence with additional dialogue by William Bowers and Howard...

    , sung by Frank Sinatra
    Frank Sinatra
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  • "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
  • "Around the World
    Around the World (1956 song)
    "Around the World" was the theme tune from the 1956 movie Around the World in 80 Days It never actually featured with the lyrics in the Around the World in Eighty Days film, but it is the vocal version which has by far become the better known...

  • "Daybreak"
  • "My Resistance is Low"
  • "I've Come to California", theme song for the 1957-1959 NBC
    The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

     television series The Californians
    The Californians (TV series)
    The Californians is a 54-episode half-hour Western television series, set in the San Francisco gold rush of the 1850s, which aired on NBC from September 24, 1957, to May 26, 1959...

    , set in San Francisco
    San Francisco, California
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     during the gold
    Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and an atomic number of 79. Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal. Pure gold has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. Chemically, gold is a...

    rush of the 1850s

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