He appeared in the MGM variety film The Hollywood Revue of 1929.
More DetailsHide DetailsBrown also worked with Richard A. Whiting and Buddy De Sylva on Broadway Musicals such as Take a Chance.
Along with L. Wolfe Gilbert, Nacio wrote the music for the popular children's Television Western, Hopalong Cassidy which first aired in 1949.
Nacio Herb Brown died in San Francisco, California, aged 68. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
Inducted into the New Mexico Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2012.
Brown was married five times, each ending in divorce. His first was Ruby Porter with whom he had one child (Nacio Herb Brown, Jr.), followed by a marriage to Jeanne Lochart. In the 1930s he was briefly married to actress Anita Page. This marriage was followed by another brief marriage, to Beffie Kellogg. Brown's final marriage was to Georgeann Morris, with whom he had two children (Nacio Jan Brown and Candace Brown).
In 1928 he was hired to work in Hollywood by MGM and write film scores for the new medium of sound film.
More DetailsHide DetailsFor his film work, he often collaborated with lyricist Arthur Freed. This collaboration produced Singin' in the Rain.
He joined The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1927.
Ignacio Herb Brown (some sources indicate his birth name was Ignacio Herbert Brown) was born in Deming, New Mexico. In 1901 his family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended Manual Arts High School.
More DetailsHide DetailsHis music education started with instruction from his mother, Cora Alice (Hopkins) Brown. Brown first operated a tailoring business (1916), and then became a financially successful realtor, but he always wrote and played. After his first hit "Coral Sea" (1920) and first big hit, "When Buddha Smiles" (1921), he eventually became a full-time composer.
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