Composer and lyricist Dana Suesse was a child prodigy, giving her first concert, a Rachmaninoff prelude, at the age of nine. She was born on December 3, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. She studied piano and composition under such renowned instructors as Alexander Siloti, Rubin Goldmark, Nadia Boulanger. Before she was a teenager she had won numerous piano competitions including the NFMC contexts.
At 16 she moved to New York and began composing songs. Two years later the hit songs "Syncopated Love Song" and "Ho-Hum" followed and soon she was playing piano in Paul Whitehman's Orchestra. She made her professional debut as a pianist in 1932 performing at Carnegie Hall with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
During 1936 and 1937, Suesse wrote two scores for the Casa Manna revues and the Ft. Worth Expos and contributed scores for the Aquacade, NY World’s Fair. She also wrote the score for the Broadway productions The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower and composed several symphonic works including “Symphonic Waltzes”, “Concerto in e”, “Young Man With a Harp”, “Jazz Concerto”, “Concertino”, “Concerto in A for Piano and Orchestra”, “American Nocturne” and “Concerto in Rhythm.”
Among her popular songs are the hits “Whistling in the Dark”, “You Oughta Be in Pictures”, “My Silvent Love”, “Blue Moonlight”, “The Night is Young and You Are So Beautiful”, “Yours for a Song” and “The Girl Without a Name.”
Dana Suesse died on October 16, 1987.