Arthur Schwartz, the composer of such enduring standards as “You and the Night and the Music,” “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan” and “That’s Entertainment,” was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 25, 1900.

As a child, he taught himself the harmonica and piano and by the age of 14, was accompanying silent films at the Brooklyn Cortelyou Theater. His father, an attorney, urged him to study law, and after receiving a BA from New York University, a Masters from Columbia Universities, he was admitted to the Bar in 1924. While studying law, he supported himself by teaching English in the New York school system, all the while writing popular songs and in 1923 "Baltimore, MD, You're the Only Doctor for Me" was Schwartz’ first published song.

Acquaintances like Lorenz Hart and George Gershwin encouraged him to continue composing and in 1928, he met Howard Dietz, the lyricist with whom he produced his most successful material. Schwartz was introduced to Dietz’ lyrics while attending the Broadway show Merry Go Round and so taken with the lyricists wit and verse, Schwartz begged Dietz to write to his melody.

After quitting the law profession for good in 1928, Schwartz devoted himself entirely to songwriting. The first Schwartz and Dietz score debuted in 1929 on Broadway, entitled The Little Show, which included "I've Made a Habit of You" and "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan." Other Broadway productions that Schwartz contributed to included The Second Little Show, Princess Charming, Three’s a Crowd, The Band Wagon, Flying Colors, Revenge With Music, At Home Abroad, Virginia, Between the Devil, Stars in Your…

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Discography Highlights

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz
Chappell & CO., Inc.

DANCING IN THE DARK Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz
Harms, inc./Arthur Schwartz Music Ltd.

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