Here is a brief overview of his illustrious career, unequalled by any other songwriter:
In the years 1931 to 1945, Harry Warren wrote more hit songs than Irving Berlin, and had more Oscar nominations for best song (11) and wins (3) than Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers or Hoagie Carmichael. Warren had more hit records too: 42 songs on "Your Hit Parade" (the authoritative listing of the time), compared to Berlin's 33, Rodgers' 19, Gershwin's 16, Porter's 16, and Carmichael's 11. Some of his most beloved melodies include "At Last", "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Jeepers Creepers", "That's Amore", "42nd Street", "We're in the Money", and "You'll never know".
If you include Harry¹s Tin Pan Alley hits from the 1920¹s and those post 1945 you have a total of 81 top 15 hits. Of those, 23 went to the top of the charts, the number one position. Another 14 of his hits made it to the number two position, often only topped by his own song. At one point, Harry had 4 of the top 7 songs.
His songs have been in more movies than any other composer, both as original tunes (in 109 films) and as revivals (in another 960 or so).
Harry was the premier song composer in Hollywood, where he worked at four studios just as they hit their stride in musical films: Warners in the 30s, Fox in the early 40s, MGM in the later 40s, and finally Paramount in the 50's. In many circles, Mr. Warren is known as the the Grandfather of the Hollywood Musical stemming from the waves of musicals that followed "Forty Second Street" over the next 25 years. No other composer left such an indelible mark on the American pop landscape.
I have listed a few of the thousands of performers who have recorded Harry¹s songs:
Barbara Streisand, Glenn Miller, Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Cab Calloway, Carmen Miranda, Art Garfunkel, Bing Crosby, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sophie Tucker, Connie Stevens, Cyndi Lauper, Thelonius Monk, Stevie Nicks, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Peter Cincotti, Dick Powell, Etta James, The Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, The Lettermen, Rudy Vallee, Count Basie, Doris Day, Ruby Keeler, Cindy Lauper, Macy Grey, Sarah Vaughn, Harry Connick Jr, Joni Mitchell, Maryann Faithful, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Willy Nelson, Michael Buble, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitgerald, Josephine Baker, Judy Garland, Sonny Rollins, Dinah Shore, Dianna Krall, Keely Smith, John Coltrane Vera Ellen, Johnny Mercer, Annie Lennox, Micky Rooney, The Nicholas Brothers, Betty Grable, The Skylarks, Dorothy Dandridge, Al Jolson, Shirley Temple, Louie Armstrong, Dick Haymes, Ruth Etting, Sammy Davis Junior, Carmen McCrae , Gene Kelly, Gloria DeHaven, Ann Miller, Jane Wyman, Esther Williams, Zoot Sims, Johnny Cash, Michael Feinstein, Billy Holiday, Fats Waller, Kate Smith, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Fred Waring, Carmen McCrae, Margaret Whiting, Angela Lansbury, Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Kenny Baker, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, The Four Freshmen, Chet Baker, Bobby Darin, Josh Groban, Carly Simon, Wynston Marsalis, Charlie Parker, Natalie Cole, Beyonce Knowles, and Willy Nelson.
Harry also wrote in every conceivable style, and quite successfully in most cases. He wrote waltzes, marches, tangos, love ballads, rumbas, beguines, sambas, blues, Dixieland, Italian love songs, lullabies, polkas, "hot" numbers, swing, ballads, novelty numbers, specialty numbers, dramatic pieces, country/western, pseudo-rock, classical piano solos, and even a Catholic mass.