Phil Springer, composer of “Santa Baby,” has just released a new CD/DVD collection of the songs he wrote with Yip Harburg, entitled the Last Legacy of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg. Earlier this year he spoke with journalist Sarah Pilla about the project., and on Oct. 15 the Palisadian-Post published an article about the project.
In Adapting The Wizard of Oz: Musical Versions from Baum to MGM and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2018), editors Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Includes chapters on the “Oz” film’s songs by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen. November 2018.
In Arlen and Harburg’s “Over the Rainbow” (Oxford University Press, 2017) Walter Frisch traces the history of the song “Over the Rainbow” from its inception during the development of The Wizard of Oz‘s screenplay to its various reinterpretations over the course of the ensuing decades. Through analysis of the song’s music and lyrics, this Oxford Keynotes volume provides a close reading of the piece while examining the evolution of its meaning as it traversed widely varying cultural contexts. Featuring a companion website with audio and video supplements.
Michael Elihu Colby. The Algonquin Kid: Adventures Growing Up at New York’s Legendary Hotel. Reminiscences of encounters with celebrities, including Yip, by the grandson of Ben and Mary Bodne, who owned the hotel from 1946 to 1987. BearManor Media, 2015.
Justin Kaplan, General Editor. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 16th Edition. Little, Brown & Company, 1992, p. 699.
Herbert Keyser. Geniuses of the American Musical Theatre: The Composers and Lyricists. Applause Books, 2009. Contains a beautifully illustrated chapter on Yip.
Richard Koszarski. Hollywood on the Hudson: Film and Television in New York from Griffith to Sarnoff, Rutgers University Press, 2008. Several passages of this thorough history discuss Yip’s little-known lyric writing stint at Paramount’s Long Island Astoria Studios from 1929 through the early 1930’s.
John Lahr. Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr. NY: Knopf, 1969.
John Lahr. “The Lemon-Drop Kid” in The New Yorker. Sept. 30, 1996. Reprinted in Honky Tonk Parade, Overlook Press, 2005.
Ethan Mordden. Broadway Babies. NY: Oxford University Press, 1983.