"Let dissonance be limited to musical expression. And may consonant harmony reign supreme in the years to follow."
- Richard Adler, from You Gotta Have Heart
RICHARD ADLER was born in New York City in 1921. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, and served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War 11.
Mr. Adler co-composed the music and lyrics for numerous musicals including THE PAJAMA GAME and DAMN YANKEES, both of which won Tony awards for best musical and best score. Mr. Adler's score for his musical about Africa, KWAMINA, earned him a Tony nomination. The revised KWAMINA was tried out in Columbus, Ohio, November 1998 and received rave notices and audience acclaim.
Recordings of his biggest hit songs, You Gotta Have Heart, Hey There, Hernando's Hideaway, Whatever Lola Wants, Steam Heat, Rags to Riches, Another Time, Another Place, and Everybody Loves a Lover, have sold over 3 0 million copies.
Mr. Adler's television musicals Little Women, Gift of the Magi, and Olympus 7-000 were critically acclaimed and his commercials, created for major , corporations, won Best Commercial of the Year three years in a row from the National Advertising Association.
During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Richard Adler staged and produced numerous Presidential entertainments as White House Consultant for the Arts. He also served as a Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 1964 to 1977. Between 1978 and 1993, Mr. Adler composed numerous symphonic works, including four Pulitzer Prize nominees, Retrospectrum (premiered July 1979, Carnegie Hall, Soviet Emigre Chamber Orchestra), Yellowstone Overture (premiered November 1980, American Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Hall), Wilderness Suite (premiered February 1983, Utah Symphony, recorded on RCA Red Seal,…