E Y Harburg

Lyricist, Librettist, Businessman
Born: 04/08/1896 in New York City, New York, USA


Music (74)

Born to Be Blue 2016 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

Ghostbusters 2016 (Movie)

("Munchkinland") (Song Performer)

Glass Chin 2015 (Movie)

("I'm Yours") (Song)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("It's Only A Paper Moon") (Song)

Blended 2014 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

RoboCop 2014 (Movie)

("If I Only Had A Heart") (Song)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

("It's Only A Paper Moon") (Song)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


9 2009 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl 2008 (Movie)

"It's Only A Paper Moon" (Song)

Milk 2008 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2008 (Movie)

("Brother Can You Spare a Dime") (Song)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Fred Claus 2007 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over The Rainbow") (Song)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

"It's Only A Paper Moon" (Song)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

The Notorious Bettie Page 2006 (Movie)

"It's Only a Paper Moon" (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead!") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


50 First Dates 2004 (Movie)

("Over The Rainbow") (Song)

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

("Down With Love") (Song)

Taxicab Confessions 2003: Girls Like It Hot 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

("Old Devil Moon") (Song)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

("If I Only Had a Heart") (Song)

Molly 1999 (Movie)

songs("We're Off to See the Wizard" "Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World") (Song)

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

("If I Only Had A Brain Heart and Nerve") (Song)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

("We're Off to See the Wizard") (Song)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Excess Baggage 1997 (Movie)

("Old Devil Moon") (Song)

Selena 1997 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

songs("Optimistic Voices" "Over the Rainbow" (from "The Wizard of Oz")) (Song)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

words and music("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Music)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

("Optimistic Voices") (Song)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

("Paramount Newsreel Music") (Song)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

lyrics("Ain'it the Truth" from "Cabin in the Sky" "We're Off to See the Wizard" from "Wizard of Oz" "Over the Rainbow" from "Wizard of Oz") (Theme Lyrics)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

Michael Feinstein & Friends 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

("Lydia the Tattooed Lady") (Song)

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

("Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead") (Song)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

lyrics("Over the Rainbow") (Theme Lyrics)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Before Stonewall 1986 (Movie)

("Somewhere Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

("Just a Melody For a Memory") (Song)

Jazz in Exile 1981 (Movie)

("Last Night When We Were Young") (Song)

Joe Albany... A Jazz Life 1979 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

("Over the Rainbow") (Song)

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

songs (Song)

I Could Go on Singing 1963 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Gay Purr-ee 1961 (Movie)

songs("Paris Is a Lonely Town" "Little Drops of Rain" "Roses Red") (Song)

The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Gold Diggers of 1937 1935 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Abbey Lincoln, You Gotta Pay the Band (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Singing Positive (TV Show)


The Ernest Green Story (TV Show)


The Great Man's Whiskers (TV Show)


The Water Engine (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Yellow Brick Road (TV Show)

Writer (2)

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)


Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

("Finian's Rainbow) (Play as Source Material)
Other (1)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

("I'm Yours" "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?") (Other)


Margaret Harburg


Ernest Harburg


Edelaine Gorney

married 1943 previously married to Jay Gorney who wrote songs with Harburg

Alice Richmond

married 1923 divorced


City College of New York

New York , New York 1917
classmates included Ira Gershwin, who dropped out in 1916

P S 64

New York , New York

Townsend Harris Hall

New York , New York



Last stage musical "The Children's Crusade" opened at University of Vermont


Final Broadway show, "Darling of the Day"


Returned to features after being blacklisted; wrote lyrics to Arlen's music for animated feature "Gay Purr-ee"


Returned to Broadway with "Flahooley"


Blacklisted while working on feature musical "Huckleberry Finn" with music by Lane


"Finian's Rainbow" opened on Broadway


First collaboration with composer Burton Lane


Began collaborating with composer Harold Arlen; over the course of their collaboration, they would write 111 songs


Wrote "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" with Gorney


First hit song, "I'm Yours"


Debut as songwriter, wrote lyrics to songs by Jay Gorney; wrote for "The Ever Ready Radio Hour"


Wrote first songs for features (with Gorney), "What I Wouldn't Do For That Man" for Helen Morgan in "Applause" and "It Can't Go On Like This" also for Morgan in "Road House Nights"


First song in a Broadway show, "Earl Carroll's Sketchbook"

Wrote poetry while working in business in the 1920s