Leigh Harline

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Leigh Harline


Leigh Harline (26 March 1907, Salt Lake City, Utah – 10 December 1969, Long Beach, Calif.) was an American song writer.

Harline studied at the University of Utah and began working for a local radio station. In 1928, he moved to California, arranging and conducting music for radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1931, he provided music for the first transcontinental radio broadcast to originate from the West Coast. Beginning in 1932, he worked for Walt Disney Studios and wrote the scores for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and many other films. He won an Academy Award for the song When You Wish Upon a Star.

Leaving Disney in 1941, he worked as a composer for several other film studios in Hollywood, most notably RKO and Twentieth- Century-Fox.

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