He was a composer and lyricist born Jerold Rosenberg in
the Bronx, New
to Russian immigrant parents. While
he was young he was known as the "Boy Star" when he sang and
acted in the Yiddish theater.
He studied at the New
University and after being
acquainted with music publishers through the singer Eddie Fisher he began
his songwriting career. In 1950
he started a collaboration with Richard Adler and together their musical works
for Broadway became highly successful with The Pajama Game and Damn
Yankees both winning Tony Awards.
His popular songs which made the charts, either written solo or in
collaboration, included "Hernando's Hideaway", "Hey
There", "Steam Heat", "The Newspaper Song" and
"Rags to Riches". While
still only 29 years old, he sadly died from complications of the lung
complaint, bronchiectasis, on 11th November 1955. He was inducted into the Songwriter's
Hall of Fame in 1982.
Boston Pops Orchestra Recordings
Hernando's Hideaway (Richard Adler/Jerry Ross)
RCA 68793 (CD: Boston Tea Party)
Conductor- Arthur Fiedler