Behind Every Great Man There is a Great Woman, Behind Harold Adamson was Gretchen. Memorial to Aunt Gretchen Adamson, (Mrs. Harold Adamson)
who died at 7:55pm August 2, 2002.
PRESS RELEASE June 11, 2019 Our Pal Hal; Harold Campbell Adamson AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. Narrated by the former Professor at Brigham Young and News Producer at KION, Monterey, CA Wes Sims, graphic artist Matthew Rose, legal consultants Andrew and Susan Amerson, Esq.; written and produced by Bruce Adamson, with editorial assistance by Professor late Steve Hanley and Donna Roberts.
******************************************************** Harold Adamson--Accepted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972; and Five Academy Award Nominations For a complete list of Harold Adamson's songs from movies, click here. For other hit songs, click here.
REINCARNATION If I could chain the thoughts that rise in me, that travel through my brain incessantly that rise within me like a maddened sea, I'd rival Solomon. The ever-flaming scripts of gleaming red, Like messages that come from minds long dead If I could only hold them in my head I'd solve eternity. -- Hal Adamson
Harold Adamson would probably have preferred acting in motion pictures to writing songs for them. Although he experimented with verse writing while in prep school, his ambition was to become a thespian. While a student at the University of Kansas, he gained experience on the boards by performing in summer stock. On transferring to Harvard University, he landed roles in the Hasty Pudding Club Shows. Harold may have been inspired a little by his uncle Ernest Martin chief camera engineer at Vitaphone and Vitagraph. Mr. Martin was the electrical engineer for many Rudolph Valentino movies. In 1926 Martin set up the electrical work for the very first sound movie Don Juan staring John Barrymore.
Ten years later, Harold would write songs for two movies staring Lionel and John Barrymore. Like many artists who trained for other careers, Adamson's plans were changed by the unexpected success of a song.
In Adamson's case, the composition was "Time On My Hands" for which he wrote the lyrics in conjunction with Mack Gordon.
Adamson clan. Circa 1910, Minnie and Jim Adamson up front; Minnie sister in backrow; Ernest Martin is on the right with hand in pocket, his wife Flo Adamson is holding dog; James Adamson, Sr. is in back and wife on other side of sister Campbell; Percy inventor of "Lastex" is backrow with young boy Harold?; in front of Percy is Tom Adamson; Seth Adamson has hand on man's shoulder who may be Minnie's brother Herbert Campbell. These were the men behind the first stretchable clothing "Lastex." Jim was written up in How To Win Friends and Influence People and the developer of Larchmont Shores.
Adamson was barely out of college when the song was introduced in Florenz Ziegfeld's Broadway production Smiles in 1930. That same year, his work was heard in Earl Carroll's Vanities. After three more stage musicals, the 27-year-old lyricist was lured to the cinema capital by an offer from Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer. Bruce Adamson in collaboration with Professor Steve Hanley has written a documentary script which was produced an hour and fifty-seven minute documentary on Hal's career. Narratored by Wes Sims of Chanel 46 Monterey Bay, editorial assistance by Donna Roberts.
One of the most popular stars under contract to MGM was Joan Crawford. Harold Adamson's first assignment for the studio was Crawford's Dancing Lady (1933) co-starring Clark Gable. The film's score included numbers by other lyricists, but it was Adamson's "Everything I have Is Yours" that audiences remembered. The next year, he worked on Fox's Bottoms Up starring Spencer Tracy; on RKO's Strictly Dynamite, in which Lupe Velez and Jimmy Durante appeared; and, working on loan to United Artists, on the Eddie Cantor vehicle Kid Millions.
The first of Adamson's songs to place on the new radio program called "Your Hit Parade" was "Everything's Been Done Before" sung by Jean Harlow in the 1935 movie Reckless. Harlow also introduced "Did I Remember" which was nominated for the Academy Award in 1936. In this movie one will catch a very rare glimpse of Cary Grant singing Harold's song. After a dozen films at MGM, Adamson signed with Universal, where he supplied Alice Faye and Deanna Durbin with two more "Hit Parade" favorites-- "You're a Sweetheart" and "My Own", which brought the lyricist his second bid for the Oscar in 1938.
During the years of World War II, Adamson's film songs "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night," "A Lovely Way To Spend an Evening," "Daybreak," "How Blue the Night," and "I Don't Care Who Knows It" all made the weekly surveys of America's ten top tunes. Harold wrote the lyrics to Hilo Hattie in the early 1940s. Hal competed in the annual Oscar derbys for the third and the fourth times when "Change of Heart" (from Hit Parade of 1943) and "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night" (From Higher and Higher) were in the running.
In WWII Hal was given awards from the Department of War, for writing patriotic songs for movies and hits such as "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" and Bing Crosby's "Buy a Bond".
Adamson's success continued after the war and he provided lyrics for Susan Hayward in Smash-Up (1947), Jane Powell, Carmen Miranda and Elizabeth Taylor in A Date with Judy (1948), Hal wrote songs for five movies that Carmen Miranda appeared in.
Howard Hughes produced the film that should have been made for Lee Harvey Oswald since he was arrested in Hughes' theater in Dallas, Texas. Hughes must have picked Jane Russell in His Kind of Woman (1951), the story was formed in 1952 about setting Robert Mitchum in Mexico with Raymond Burr as the gangster. Vincent Price was great in this film. Hal wrote one song for Howard Hughes and two more a few years later in the film The Las Vegas Story.
Hal also wrote two songs for Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
In 1956, he added words to Victor Young's main theme from Around the World in 80 Days, and it became the eighth of his inventions to top "Your Hit Parade." Victor Young had received 22 Oscar nominations before winning an Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days, four months after Young died. In 1957 Adamson received his fifth Oscar nomination for writing the lyrics with Leo McCarey to An Affair To Remember. In 1944 McCarey won three Oscars all by himself.
Adamson however, his most prolific piece of work is the lyrics for the theme song to "I Love Lucy".
We all LOVED LUCY:
I Love Lucy and she loves me,
We're as happy as two can be,
Some times we quarrel
but then How we love making up again.
Lucy kisses like no one can,
She's my missus and I'm her man,
and Life is heaven you see, Cause I LOVE LUCY,
Yes, I LOVE LUCY and LUCY loves me..." Harold Adamson
Harold Adamson was born in Greenville, New Jersey, in 1906 and was 73 at the time of his death in 1980.