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Harold Spina

Harold Spina was born in New York City on June 21, 1906.

He arranged and conducted his own orchestra at the age of 14 and by the age of 18 was writing vocal arrangement and working as a staff pianist for music publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley. Spina moved to Hollywood in 1937 where he wrote film scores for 52nd Street, Sally, Irene and Mary, Just Around the Corner and Little Miss Broadway.

Collaborating with songwriters Johnny Burke, Joe Young, Walter Burke and others, Spina wrote the hit songs “Annie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “The Beat of My Heart”, “It’s Dark on Observatory Hill”, “I Still Love to Kiss You Goodnight”, “Sleepy Baby”, “Santa Catalina”, “Be Mine”, “Would I Love You”, “Cumana”, “It’s So Nice to Have a Man Around the House”, “Once”, “The Velvet Glove”, “I Love to Walk in the Rain”, “I’d Like to See Simon of Samoa”, “This is Where I Came In” and “This is a Happy Little Ditty.”

Harold Spina died on Jun 6, 1997.