Jay Livingston

Composer, Songwriter, Pianist
With his longtime collaborator Ray Evans, Jay Livingston has been responsible for some of the more memorable movie songs from the late 1940 through the early 60s. The duo first met while both were students at the ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1915 in McDonald, Pennsylvania, USA


Music (130)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Flipped 2010 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Song)

Trantasia 2009 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)") (Song)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

Unaccompanied Minors 2006 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Theme Music)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Silver Bells) (Song)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera") (Song)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)") (Song)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Snow Day 2000 (Movie)

("To Each his Own") (Song)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song)

200 Cigarettes 1999 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Go 1999 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Pushing Tin 1999 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)") (Song)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

("Buttons and Bows") (Song)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

The Man Who Drove With Mandela 1997 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)") (Song)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

("(Theme From) Bonanza") (Music)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

Due South 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Bonanza: The Return 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

North 1994 (Movie)

theme from("Bonanza") (Theme Music)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

("Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)) (Song)

The Long Day Closes 1993 (Movie)

music composer("Tammy") (Composer)

Night and the City 1992 (Movie)

("I'll Always Love You") (Song)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

("How Can I Tell Her") (Song)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Song)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

("Stuff Like That There") (Song)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

("Maybe September") (Song)

Bob Hope Christmas Special From Waikoloa, Hawaii 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)") (Song)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

Heathers 1989 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera") (Song)

Hope News Network 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


UHF 1989 (Movie)

songs("Mr Ed Theme" "Bonanza Theme") (Song)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

("Que Sera Sera") (Song)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Dreaming River 1987 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/18/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


No Man's Land 1987 (Movie)

("Dear Heart") (Song)

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

("Mairzy Doats") (Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa" "Silver Bells") (Song Performer)

Falling in Love 1984 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter 1984 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

("Bonanza") (Music)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

("Silver Bells") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

("Theme From Bonanza") (Song)

Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

("To Each His Own") (Song)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Young Maverick 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

Foxtrot 1974 (Movie)

lyrics title song("Foxtrot") (Song)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

("Buttons and Bows") (Song)

The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Theme Song

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

("Mona Lisa") (Song)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

("Dreamsville") (Song)

Mr. Ed 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Theme Music

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

("Wish Me A Rainbow") (Song)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

("In the Arms of Love") (Song)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

("Lonely Girl") (Song)

Never Too Late 1965 (Movie)

title song (Song)

The Glass Bottom Boat 1965 (Movie)

music and lyrics(for "Que Sera Sera") (Music)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

("Love Me Now") (Song)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

("Angel") (Song)

Tammy and the Doctor 1962 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

songs("All Hands on Deck" "I've Got It Made" "Somewhere There's Home" "You Mean Everything to Me") (Song)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

("Que Sera, Sera") (Song)

The Two Little Bears 1960 (Movie)

("Honey Bear"') (Song)

A Private's Affair 1958 (Movie)

songs("It's The Same Old Army" "36-24-36" "Warm and Willing") (Song)

Another Time, Another Place 1958 (Movie)

("Another Time Another Place") (Song)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)


Once Upon a Horse 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Saddle the Wind 1958 (Movie)

("Saddle the Wind") (Song)

Take a Giant Step 1958 (Movie)

title song (Song)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

("This Happy Feeling") (Song)

Omar Khayyam 1957 (Movie)

("The Loves of Omar Khayyam") (Song)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song)

The James Dean Story 1957 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

songs("Whatever Will Be" "We'll Love Again") (Song)

The Scarlet Hour 1956 (Movie)

("Never Let Me Go") (Song)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

("How Can I Tell Her") (Song)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)


Red Garters 1954 (Movie)


Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

lyrics("A Dime and A Dollar" "Meet A Happy Guy" "Vaquero" "Lady Killer" "Good Intentions" "Bad News" "Brave Man" "Red Garters" "Man and Woman" "This Is Greater Than I Thought" "Big Doin's" "Specialty Dance") (Theme Lyrics)

Three Ring Circus 1954 (Movie)

("Hey, Punicello") (Song)

The Big Carnival 1951 (Movie)

("We're Coming, Leo") (Song)

The Lemon Drop Kid 1950 (Movie)


The Paleface 1948 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

The Paleface 1948 (Movie)


Bonanza (TV Show)

Theme Music

Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Show)

Theme Music

Golden Earrings (Movie)


Hazard (Movie)


Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

I Accuse My Parents (Movie)


Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Samson and Delilah (Movie)


Streets of Laredo (Movie)


The Big Clock (Movie)


The Heiress (Movie)


Unconquered (Movie)


Whispering Smith (Movie)


Why Girls Leave Home (Movie)


Why Girls Leave Home (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))


With his longtime collaborator Ray Evans, Jay Livingston has been responsible for some of the more memorable movie songs from the late 1940 through the early 60s. The duo first met while both were students at the University of Pennsylvania. During holiday breaks, they played together in a band on cruise ships. After graduating, Evans and Livingston settled in NYC where they held odd jobs while trying to place their songs. In 1941, their song "G'bye Now" was incorporated in the Olsen and Johnson revue "Hellzapoppin'" and landed on "Your Hit Parade." Olsen and Johnson brought the songwriters to Hollywood in 1944 where Betty Hutton recorded "Stuff Like That There." Eventually, Evans and Livingston placed songs in films, earning their first Oscar nomination for "The Cat and the Canary" used in 1945's "Why Girls Leave Home."


Rose Livingston


Lynne Livingston

Married 1947 until her death January 12, 1991 at the age of 69 from complications from emphysema

Maurice Livingston


Alan Livingston

served as president of Capitol Records

Christopher Livingston


Shirley Mitchell

Married on May 16, 1992 until his death 2001

Nancy Olson

appeared in "Sunset Boulevard" married to Alan Livingston

Travlyn Talmadge

survived him


University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
met future collaborator Ray Evans

studied piano with Harry Archer

studied music with Harl MacDonald

McDonald High School

McDonald , Pennsylvania 1933



Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Songs written with Ray Evans were incorporated in the Broadway musical "Sugar Babies"


Last original song for a feature film to date, "the title theme of "Foxtrot"


Co-wrote the lyrics to Henry Mancini's composition "Dear Heart"


Worked on second Braodway show, the unsuccessful "Let It Ride!"


With Evans, wrote first Broadway musical, "Oh, Captain!"; received Tony nomination


Earned Oscar nomination for "Almost in Your Arms", the theme to "Houseboat"


Had hit with "Tammy", sung by Debbie Reynolds in the film of the same name; song nominated for an Academy Award


Received third Oscar for "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)", sung by Doris Day in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much"; Day later used the song as the theme for her 1960s TV sitcom


Left Paramount and worked with Evans as a freelance somgwriting team


Wrote the holiday perennial "Silver Bells" (introduced in the film "The Lemon Drop Kid" by Bob Hope)


Received second Academy Award for Best Song for "Mona Lisa" from "Captain Carey, U.S.A."


Won first Oscar for Best Original Song "Biuttons and Bows" from the film "The Paleface"


Wrote the theme song to "To Each His Own"


Earned first Academy Award nomination for the song " The Cat and the Canary" used in the film "Why Girls Leave Home"


Moved to California at the urging of Olsen and Johnson; had first hit song with "Stuff Like That There"


Served in the US Army


Professional debut as congwriter with "G'bye Now", which was incorporated into "Hellzapoppin'"


Began professional collaboration with Ray Evans

While in high school, worked as a musician at local nightspots and at parties

Met future collaborator Ray Evans while an undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania

Moved to NYC

Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Signed to a contract by Paramount

Wrote themes to several popular TV series, including "Bonanza" and "Mr. Ed"

Worked as a piano accompanist and musical arranger at NBC

Was rehearsal pianist for Olsen and Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'" (1938) and "Sons o' Fun" (1941)


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