Ben Oakland

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Ben Oakland


Ben Oakland (24 September 1907, New York, N.Y. – 26 August 1979, Hollywood, Calif.) was an American composer, lyricist, and pianist.

Oakland was most active from the 1920s through the 1940s. He composed mainly for Broadway and vaudeville, though he also worked on several Hollywood scores including for the film My Little Chickadee.

Oakland often composed music only, collaborating with lyricists including Oscar Hammerstein II, Bob Russell, Milton Drake, L. Wolfe Gilbert, and Artie Shaw. Notable compositions include Java Jive, I'll Take Romance, and I'm a Hundred Percent for You.

The Songwriter's Hall of Fame lists Oakland on their notable (non-inducted) songwriters list, for contributions to the American popular song.

Works for Winds

  • Java Jive (Flex instrumentation) (with Drake; arr. Sunde)