Jay Livingston (March 28, 1915 – October 17, 2001) was a Jewish American composer. He was partner with Ray Evans in a composing and songwriting duo best known for creating songs composed for films. Livingston wrote the music and Evans the lyrics.

Livingston was born Jacob Harold Levison in McDonald, Pennsylvania;.[1] Livingston studied piano with Harry Archer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked as a musician at local clubs while still in high school. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he organized a dance band and met Evans, a fellow student in the band. Their professional collaboration began in 1937. Livingston and Evans won the Academy Award for Best Original Song three times,[2] in 1948 for the song Buttons and Bows, written for the Bob Hope movie The Paleface; in 1950 for the song Mona Lisa, written for the movie Captain Carey; and in 1956 for the song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," featured in the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. Livingston and Evans wrote popular TV themes for shows including Bonanza and Mr. Ed. They also wrote the immensely popular Christmas song Silver Bells in 1951 for the Bob Hope film The Lemon Drop Kid as well as "Never Let Me Go" for the 1956 film The Scarlet Hour.

Jay Livingston is an inductee in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.[3]

Livingston died in Los Angeles, California, and was interred there in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery..

Work on Broadway

  • Oh, Captain! (1958) - musical - co-composer and co-lyricist with Ray Evans - Tony Nomination for Best Musical
  • Let It Ride (1961) - musical - co-composer and co-lyricist with Ray Evans
  • Sugar Babies (1979) - revue - featured songwriter with Ray Evans for "The Sugar Baby Bounce"


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