b. 12 June 1886, Buffalo, New York, USA, d. 12 June 1954 Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. Also billed as Ray Goetz, he was active as a songwriter on Broadway in the 10s and as a producer in the 20s. Some of his songs were included in Ziegfeld Follies Of 1907, The Gay White Way and Two Islands (all 1907), The Prince Of Bohemia and A Matinee Idol (both 1910), The Hen-Pecks and The Never Homes (both 1911), Hokey-Pokey/Bunty, Bulls And Strings and Hanky Panky (all 1912). In addition to lyrics, Goetz also wrote the music and sometimes the libretto for shows such as Roly Poly/Without The Law and The Sun Dodgers (both 1912), All Aboard and The Pleasure Seekers (both 1913), Hands Up (1915), Step This Way (1916), Hitchy-Koo and Words And Music (both 1917), both of which he also produced as he did Follow The Girl (1918), As You Were (1920, which starred Irene Bordoni to whom he was married for a time), and The French Doll (1922). He contributed lyrics to songs for George White’s Scandals of 1922 and 1923. He produced Little Miss Bluebeard (1924), Naughty Cinderella and Mozart (both 1926), Paris (1928), also composing the music, The Lady Of The Orchids (1928, also libretto), Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929, which was Cole Porter’s first big hit show), and The New Yorkers (1930), the latter based upon a story of his. Among his many songs were ‘Do I Love You?’ (with Henri Christiné), ‘Yaka Hula Hickey Dula’ (Joe Young -Pete Wendling), and best known of all, ‘For Me And My Gal’ (Edgar Leslie -George W. Mayer). Used in numerous shows and films, this song also provided the title for the 1942 film For Me And My Gal (UK title: For Me And My Girl), wherein it was sung by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.
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