Mitchell Parish (July 10, 1900 – March 31, 1993) was a Jewish American lyricist.

Early life

Parish was born Michael Hyman Pashelinsky to a Jewish family in Lithuania.[1] His family emigrated to the United States, arriving on February 3, 1901 on the SS Dresden when he was less than a year old. They settled first in Louisiana where his paternal grandmother had relatives, but later moved to New York City.


By the late 1920s Parish was a well regarded Tin Pan Alley lyricist in New York City.

His best known works include the lyrics to songs such as "Star Dust", "Sweet Lorraine", "Deep Purple", "Stars Fell on Alabama", "Sophisticated Lady", "Volare" (English lyrics), "Moonlight Serenade", "Sleigh Ride", "One Morning in May", and "Louisiana Fairy Tale", which was the first theme song used in the PBS Production of This Old House.

Besides providing the lyrics to Hoagy Carmichael's "Star Dust", the two collaborated on standards such as "Riverboat Shuffle" and "One Morning in May".[2]

In 1949, Parish added lyrics to bandleader Al Goodman's tune, "The Allen Stroll", used as the theme song of The Fred Allen Show. The new song, "Carousel of Love", premiered on The Fred Allen Show on April 4, 1949. It was sung by the DeMarco Sisters and played by Al Goodman and his Orchestra.

In 1987 a revue titled Stardust was staged on Broadway featuring Parish's lyrics. It ran for 101 performances and was revived in 1999.

Parish's great nephew was the Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish, who described Parish's meeting with Jerry Garcia in his autobiography, "Home Before Day Light".


Mitchell Parish died in 1993 in Manhattan at the age of 92. He was buried in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.

Work on Broadway

  • Continental Varieties (1935) - revue - featured lyricist
  • Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1939 (1939) - revue - performer
  • Earl Carroll's Vanities of 1940 (1940) - revue - featured lyricist
  • Bubbling Brown Sugar (1976) - revue - featured lyricist
  • Sophisticated Ladies (1981) - featured lyricist for "Sophisticated Lady"
  • Stardust (1987) - revue - lyricist


  • Hill, Tony L. "Mitchell Parish, 1900-1993," in Dictionary of Literary Biography 265. Detroit: Gale Research, 2002.


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