Robert Hood Bowers

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b. 24 May 1877, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 29 December 1941, New York, USA. A composer for the musical theatre in the early part of the 20th century, Bowers studied at Franklin & Marshall College…
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b. 24 May 1877, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 29 December 1941, New York, USA. A composer for the musical theatre in the early part of the 20th century, Bowers studied at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a thorough musical education. In 1903 he collaborated with librettist and lyricist Raymond Peck on the score for Rubes And Roses, which played briefly at the La Salle Theatre in Chicago. In the following year he made his Broadway debut, working with Richard Carle on The Maid And The Mummy, which featured veteran Annie Yeamans. From then on, he contributed scores, or occasional songs, to a number of shows of variable quality, including The Vanderbilt Cup (1906), The Hoyden (1907), Mary’s Lamb (1908), The Silver Star (1909), The Wife Tamers (1910, Chicago), A Certain Party (1911), The Red Rose (1911), The Spring Maid (1911), The Rose Maid (1912), and A Lonely Romeo (1919). His best-known song, ‘The Moon Shines On The Moonshine’ (written with Francis De Witt), was introduced by ex-Ziegfeld Follies star, Bert Williams, making his final Broadway appearance in the revue Broadway Brevities Of 1920. After an absence of some years, Bowers’ own Broadway swan-song was Oh, Ernest! (1927), a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest. Bowers also conducted orchestras on radio and in recording studios, and in the last years of his life served as the musical director of The School of Radio Technique.