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Celebrity Deathwatch: Robert Allen, Song Composer, 73



http://www.cnn.com/2000/SHOWBIZ/Music/10/05/robert.allen.ap/index.html

Song composer Robert Allen dead at 73
October 5, 2000
Web posted at: 9:42 AM EDT (1342 GMT)


QUOGUE, New York (AP) -- Robert Allen, who composed songs performed by Tony
Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Billie Holiday, died Sunday. He was 73.

Allen wrote his biggest hits with lyricist Al Stillman. The two collaborated
on "Chances Are," and "It's Not for Me to Say," which were major hits for
Mathis, as well as a series of hits for the group The Four Lads in the
mid-1950s.

They also wrote "Home for the Holidays," which has been recorded by dozens
of performers, such as Garth Brooks and Andy Williams.

On his own, Allen wrote the football march for Auburn College and soundtrack
music for the movies "Lizzie," " Enchanted Island," and "Happy Anniversary."

In 1963, he wrote the music for and produced "Three Billion Millionaires," a
benefit album for the United Nations by Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Danny
Kaye, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, and Carol Burnett.

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