Edward "Eddie" Pola (23 June 1907, New York City – 3 November 1995, Jackson County Ore.) was an American actor, radio/television producer, and songwriter. Pola was born Sidney Edward Pollacsek the son of Ida (Friedmann) and Alexander Pollacsek, both Hungarian Jews.
In the 1920s, Pola began to write songs. He scored one of England's first sound films, Harmony Heaven (1929). Toward the end of the decade, he moved to the United States to produce dramatic radio programs, and continued as a producer, moving into television in the 1950s. His most famous songs include: I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell,I Love the Way You Say 'Good Night' , I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Prayrs),It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year , Quicksilver and Till The Lights Of London Shine Again.
Trained as an engineer, he was an associate member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He worked as an engineering producer for radio and television both here and abroad (1933-1964). From 1954-1964 he was an executive with Granada television in England. Pola was also active as a film actor and writer in England.
In the 1980s, Pola taught Creative Writing to elementary school students at Smiley Elementary School in Redlands, California.
Works for Winds
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (arr. Moss) (1963/1994)
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (arr Sharp) (arr. Sharp) (1963/2009)
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (arr Story) (arr. Story) (1963/2007)
- Marching Along Together
- Old Mister Whiskers
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Edward Pola." Accessed 23 December 2014.
- Edward Pola, Wikipedia