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 Henryk Vars

Henryk Vars

Birth
Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Death 1 Sep 1977 (aged 74)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Alcove of Love, crypt #325
Memorial ID 12083 · View Source
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Composer. Born Henryk Warszawski, he began his studies at Poland's Academy of Fine Arts, and later obtained a scholarship to the Music Conservatory in Warsaw, graduating in 1925. In 1927, he composed a song called "New York Times" that was recorded by Henryk Gold's Orchestra. The following year, he had his first big hit with "Let's Dance a Tango". In 1930, he composed his first film score for 'Na Sybir', followed by 'A Masked Spy', 'Upstairs' and 'A Forgotten Tune'. During the 1930s, he composed songs for a string of musical comedies in Poland, where his work there was comparable to that of Irving Berlin. In 1939, he was drafted into the Polish Army and served in World War II, where he was taken prisoner of war by the German army but managed to escape from a stopped train. Later, he organized the Tea-Jazz Big Band and in late 1941, he and his musicians joined the Polish Corps as part of the Polska Parada cabaret. After being discharged from the army in 1947, he emigrated to the United States where he changed his name to Henry Vars and managed to resume his musical career. He composed the score and the title songs for such television shows as 'Flipper' as 'Daktari' and the scores for such films as 'The Black Dakotas' (1954), 'Gun the Man Down' (1956), 'Apache Territory' (1958), 'Bloodlust!' (1965) and 'Deadwood '76' (1965). His songs were sung and recorded by such stars as Margaret Whiting, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Brenda Lee and Dinah Shore.

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  • Added: 31 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12083
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henryk Vars (29 Dec 1902–1 Sep 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12083, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .