Mort Dixon

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Leading American lyricist for popular songs during the 1920s and '30s.
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American pop lyricist Mort Dixon scored a few musicals for Broadway and Hollywood, but mostly wrote songs that were independent hits during the 1920s and '30s. Born in N.Y.C. in 1892, Dixon started out in show business as an actor in vaudeville. After his WWI military service, Dixon directed a show in France called Whiz Bang, and a few years later began songwriting. The future member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame got a hit with his first published try, 1923's "That Old Gang of Mine." Some of Dixon's other hits are "Bye Bye Blackbird," "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover," "You're My Everything," "The Lady in Red," and "Happiness Ahead." He also wrote songs for musicals, including the 1930 stage production Sweet and Low and movies Flirtation Walk (1934), Sweet Music, and We're in the Money (1935). Dixon most often collaborated with Ray Henderson, Allie Wrubel, Harry Warren, Harry Woods, and lyricist Billy Rose.