Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?: The Life of Composer Jay Gorney


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Scarecrow Press
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6.14 X 8.96 X 0.47 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Sondra K. Gorney started her career as an actress in Chicago, performing in theater and radio. After moving to Los Angeles, she met and married Jay Gorney. Together they co-produced several editions of the musical revue Meet The People. When the Blacklist halted Jay's career, Sondra started a 30-year career as a public relations executive. She has appeared as a guest speaker on hundreds of radio and television programs throughout the country, and is the co-author of After Forty: How Women Can Achieve Fulfillment. After her retirement from public relations - and her husband's death - she returned to the theater as an actress and has appeared in numerous off-Broadway plays, as well as in television dramas.


Gorney, wife of popular songwriter Jay Gorney (1896-1990), recounts the life and career of her husband, known for his song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" She describes his childhood in Russia, life in New York and Hollywood, career on Broadway, songs for films, and experience being blacklisted in the 1950s. Appendixes list his Broadway shows and songs, and film, radio, and television music.-- "Reference and Research Book News"
Jay Gorney gave America 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' and was blacklisted for his troubles. The depression, the blacklist, show business - it's all here in Sondra Gorney's loving Valentine to her late husband.--Victor Navasky, Publisher and Editorial Director, The Nation
Jay lived in a life centered around art and ideals and his story is one that needs to be told. This book is wonderful!--Michael Feinstein, singer, pianist, and founder, Great American Songbook Foundation
Jay Gorney was an exceptionally talented theatre composer and a wonderful human being. Jay's quintessential music to "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (the anthem of the Great Depression) inspired my father, Yip, to write as great a lyric. This book illuminates Jay's life and work.--Ernie Harburg, co-author of Who Put the Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz? Yip Harburg, Lyricist
I was privileged to know Jay Gorney and admire him personally, long before I read this unusually thoughtful biography that reflects on his richly varied career on Broadway and in Hollywood - as an important composer and songwriter as well as film producer. The author brings all the intimacy of her close relationship with the subject into this faceted portrait of a man whose decency always illuminated his work and whose integrity helped him to triumph over the blacklist.--Patrick McGilligan, Author of the Edgar-nominated biography Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light