Dick Manning (1912—April 11, 1991) was a Russian-born Jewish American songwriter, best known for his many collaborations with Al Hoffman.

Manning co-wrote many popular songs, among them "Takes Two to Tango," "Fascination" and "Papa Loves Mambo." His works were published in twenty-seven languages and sung by such artists as Perry Como, Jimmy Durante, Kate Smith and others.

He was born in Gomel, U.S.S.R., and was named Samuel Medoff. His family moved to the United States when he was 6 years old, and he later studied music at the Juilliard School in New York City. In the early 1940s he had a radio program called "Sam Medoff and His Yiddish Swing Orchestra" on WHN (now WEVD) Radio. He changed his name in 1948. Manning was also the composer of The Boys From Boise, the first full-length television musical, and "Nightbird," a symphonic work for piano and orchestra. He was also a vocal coach, an arranger and a radio jingle writer.

Published songs

Songs written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning

  • Allegheny Moon (1956)
  • Dennis the Menace (1960)
  • Gilly, Gilly, Ossenfeffer, Katzenellen Bogen by the Sea (1954)
  • Hot Diggity (1956)
  • I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango (1954)
  • Mama, Teach Me to Dance (1956)
  • Moon Talk (1958)
  • O Dio Mio (1960)
  • Takes Two to Tango (1952)

Songs written by Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and another collaborator

  • Are You Really Mine? (1958) (with Mark Markwell)
  • Make Me a Miracle (1958) (with Mark Markwell)
  • Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again (1958) (with Mark Markwell)
  • Papa Loves Mambo (1954) (with Bix Reichner)
  • Secretly (1958) (with Mark Markwell)

Other songs

  • Jilted (with Robert Colby)
  • Fascination (lyrics)

Work on Broadway

  • The Fifth Season (1975) - musical - composer and lyricist
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