Tierney

Real Name:
Harry Austin Tierney
Profile:
(May 21, 1890 - March 22, 1965) was a successful American composer of musical theatre, best known for long-running hits such as Irene (1919), Broadway's longest-running show of the era (620 performances), Kid Boots (1923) and Rio Rita (1927), one of the first musicals to be turned into a talking picture (and later remade starring Abbott & Costello).

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, he was most active between about 1910 and 1930, often collaborating with the lyricist Joseph McCarthy. His mother was a pianist, his father a trumpeter, and he himself toured as a concert pianist in his early years. After a brief spell working in London for a music publisher, he returned to the United States in 1916. Over the next couple of decades many of his songs were used in the famous Ziegfeld Follies, and were performed by the premier singers of the day, such as Eddie Cantor, Anna Held and Edith Day.

The year 1919 saw his greatest Broadway hit, the show Irene, which contained perhaps his most well-known song, "Alice Blue Gown", as well as "Castle of Dreams," an adaptation of Chopin's Minute Waltz. This same show was made into a film in 1926, then remade in 1940 with Anna Neagle and Ray Milland, and again for the stage in 1973 with Debbie Reynolds. The original show broke the then record for the longest running show, at 620 performances.

Other shows followed with varying success, in particular, Rio Rita (collaborating with Joseph McCarthy, and one of RKO's first forays in converting a musical to the silver screen), and Kid Boots, Dixiana (1929) and Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) were also made into films. Tierney's successes after this period were sketchy (apart from the film remakes of Irene), but he was elected into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Harry Tierney is interred at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York.
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A1900 Harry Tierney - Is There Still Room For Me Neath The Old Apple Tree / When You Were A Baby And I Was The Kid Next Door album art Albert Campbell* and Henry Burr / Louise MacMahon and Sam Ash When You Were A Baby And I Was The Kid Next Door (as Tierney) Albert Campbell* and Henry Burr / Louise MacMahon and Sam Ash - Is There Still Room For Me Neath The Old Apple Tree / When You Were A Baby And I Was The Kid Next Door(Shellac, 10") Columbia A1900 US 1915 Sell This Version
35648 Harry Tierney - For You A Rose / Mondaine Waltz album art Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra For You A Rose (as Tierney) Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra - For You A Rose / Mondaine Waltz(Shellac, 12") Victor 35648 US 1917 Sell This Version
Harry Tierney - At The Cotton Pickers' Ball / There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie album art Marimbaphone Band There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie (as Tierney) Marimbaphone Band - At The Cotton Pickers' Ball / There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie Columbia USA & Canada 1918 Sell This Version
Harry Tierney - Kisses / I Found The End Of The Rainbow album art Campbell And Burr / Samuel Ash* I Found The End Of The Rainbow (as Tierney) Campbell And Burr / Samuel Ash* - Kisses / I Found The End Of The Rainbow Columbia USA & Canada 1918 Sell This Version
927 Harry Tierney - K-K-K-Katy / Cleopatra album art Arthur Collins Cleopatra (as Tierney) Arthur Collins - K-K-K-Katy / Cleopatra(Shellac, 9") Emerson Records (2) 927 US 1918 Sell This Version
A2689 Harry Tierney - It's Worth While Waiting For Someone Worth While / Down The Lane And Home Again album art Campbell And Burr / Samuel Ash* It's Worth While Waiting For Someone Worth While (as Tierney) Campbell And Burr / Samuel Ash* - It's Worth While Waiting For Someone Worth While / Down The Lane And Home Again(Shellac, 10") Columbia A2689 USA & Canada 1919 Sell This Version
A6142 Harry Tierney - Vocal Gems album art Columbia Light Opera Company From and 2 more… Columbia Light Opera Company - Vocal Gems(Shellac, 12", Single) Columbia A6142 US 1920 Sell This Version
4097 Harry Tierney - Irene / Alice Blue Gown album art Helen Clark And Joseph Phillips* Irene (as Tierney) and 1 more… Helen Clark And Joseph Phillips* - Irene / Alice Blue Gown(Shellac, 10") Okeh 4097 US 1920 Sell This Version
4024 Harry Tierney - My Baby's Arms / Some One Step album art All Star Trio / Conway's Band My Baby's Arms (as Tierney) All Star Trio / Conway's Band - My Baby's Arms / Some One Step(Shellac, 10") Okeh 4024 US 1920 Sell This Version
14100 Harry Tierney - Saw Mill River Road album art Elite Dance Orchestra / S. Lanin And Arcadia Orchestra Saw Mill River Road (as Tierney) Elite Dance Orchestra / S. Lanin And Arcadia Orchestra - Saw Mill River Road(Shellac, 10") Perfect (3) 14100 US 1923 Sell This Version
5039 Harry Tierney - Ivy (Cling To Me) / Saw Mill River Road album art Lanin's Famous Players* / Glantz's Metropolitan Players* Saw Mill River Road (as Tierney) Lanin's Famous Players* / Glantz's Metropolitan Players* - Ivy (Cling To Me) / Saw Mill River Road(Shellac, 10") Gennett 5039 US 1923 Sell This Version
51137 Harry Tierney - You Tell Her - I Stutter / Saw Mill River Road album art Kaplan's Melodists / Atlantic Dance Orchestra Saw Mill River Road (as Tierney) Kaplan's Melodists / Atlantic Dance Orchestra - You Tell Her - I Stutter / Saw Mill River Road(Edison Disc) Edison Records 51137 US 1923 Sell This Version
2406 Harry Tierney - Saw Mill River Road / Farewell Blues album art Isham Jones Orchestra Saw Mill River Road (as Tierney) Isham Jones Orchestra - Saw Mill River Road / Farewell Blues(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2406 US 1923 Sell This Version
444 Harry Tierney - Somebody Took You Out Of My Arms (But They Can't Take You Out Of My Heart) / Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away album art Jos. B. Franklin's Orchestra / Varsity Eight Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away (as Tierney) Jos. B. Franklin's Orchestra / Varsity Eight - Somebody Took You Out Of My Arms (But They Can't Take You Out Of My Heart) / Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away(Shellac, 10") Cameo (3) 444 US 1924 Sell This Version
036012 Harry Tierney - Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away / Linger Awhile album art Lanin's Arcadians / Golden Gate Orchestra Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away (as Tierney) Lanin's Arcadians / Golden Gate Orchestra - Take, Oh Take Those Lips Away / Linger Awhile(Shellac, 10") Pathé Actuelle 036012 US 1924 Sell This Version
482 Harry Tierney - Someone Loves You After All (The Rain Song) / If You Do - What You Do album art Arthur Lange And His Orchestra Someone Loves You After All (The Rain Song) = Alguien Te Quiere Despues de Todo (as Tierney) Arthur Lange And His Orchestra - Someone Loves You After All (The Rain Song) / If You Do - What You Do(Shellac, 10") Cameo (3) 482 US 1924 Sell This Version
2724 Harry Tierney - Doodle-Doo-Doo / Adoring You album art Ray Miller And His Orchestra Adoring You (Adorándote) (as Tierney) Ray Miller And His Orchestra - Doodle-Doo-Doo / Adoring You(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 2724 US 1924 Sell This Version
A 407 Carl Fenton's Orchestra Rio Rita (as Tierney) and 1 more… Carl Fenton's Orchestra - Rio Rita / Following The Sun Around(Shellac, 10") Brunswick A 407 Germany 1927 Sell This Version
B. 12520 Sam Lanin And His Famous Players* Sam Lanin And His Famous Players* - Rio Rita / The Kinkajou(Shellac, 10") Parlophon B. 12520 Sweden 1927 Sell This Version
Harry Tierney - Rio Rita / Sweetheart, We Need Each Other album art The Rounders (7) / La Palina Broadcasters The Rounders (7) / La Palina Broadcasters - Rio Rita / Sweetheart, We Need Each Other Regal (3) US 1929 Sell This Version
4593 Harry Tierney - You're Always In My Arms / Sweetheart, We Need Each Other album art Harold "Scrappy" Lambert Harold "Scrappy" Lambert - You're Always In My Arms / Sweetheart, We Need Each Other(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 4593 US 1929 Sell This Version
71784 Harry Tierney - Sweetheart We Need Each Other / Time To Be With You album art Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra / Bar Harbor Orchestra* Sweetheart We Need Each Other (From and 2 more… Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra / Bar Harbor Orchestra* - Sweetheart We Need Each Other / Time To Be With You(Shellac, 10") Van Dyke 71784 US 1929 Sell This Version
B 3211 Harry Tierney - You’re Always In My Arms / If You’re In Love, You’ll Waltz album art Bebe Daniels Bebe Daniels - You’re Always In My Arms / If You’re In Love, You’ll Waltz(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B 3211 UK 1930 Sell This Version
281 Harry Tierney - Abend Für Abend Komm' Ich Zu Dir / Ist Das Liebe? album art Jazz-Orch. E. Walis* Ist Das Liebe? (as Tierney) Jazz-Orch. E. Walis* - Abend Für Abend Komm' Ich Zu Dir / Ist Das Liebe?(Flexi, 10", Blu) Phonycord 281 Germany 1930 Sell This Version
X1681 Harry Tierney - Diane / Alice Blue Gown album art Donald Novis (2) Alice Blue Gown (as Tierney) Donald Novis (2) - Diane / Alice Blue Gown(Shellac, 10") Decca X1681 Australia 1939 Sell This Version