Jerry Livingston, composer of A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo and Casper the Friendly Ghost, was born in Denver, Colorado on March 25, 1909.
Attending the University of Arizona, Livingston formed his own orchestra and was the first freshman to write the Universitys first annual musical. He moved to New York City in 1932 and worked as a pianist in dance orchestras, before organizing his own in 1940.
He moved to Hollywood in 1949 writing film scores for various studios. His filmography includes Cinderella, At War With the Army, Sailor Beware, Jumping Jacks. He also wrote scores for early television series including Shirley Temple Storybook and Jack and the Beanstalk. Title songs for film and TV include The Hanging Tree, Room for One More, Cat Ballou, 77 Sunset Strip, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside 6, The Roaring Twenties, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Bugs Bunny Theme and Lawman.
Collaborating with songwriters such as Mack David, Al Hoffman, Al Neiburg, Marty Symes, Milton Drake, Paul Francis Webster, Dan Shapiro, Ralph Freed, Mann Curtis, Helen Deutsch, Mitchell Parish, Milton Berle, Allen Roberts and Bob Merrill, Livingston produced a string of hit songs including When Its Darkness on the Delt, Under a Blanket of Blue, Ive Got an Invitation to a Dance, Oh, Oh, What Do You Know About Love?, Just a Kid Named Joe, Id Give a Million Tomorrows, Story of a starry Night, Close to You, Whats the Good Word, Mr. Bluebird?, Mairzy Doats, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Ive a Big Girl Now, Promises, I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night,…