Composer. He spent most of his career at Paramount studios in Hollywood, where he scored, arranged, or wrote songs for over 250 films, including several Cecil B. DeMille epics. Young's music blended so seamlessly into movies it rarely called attention to itself, and he has never had the cachet of film scorers like Max Steiner or Bernard Herrmann. But he was a consummate craftsman who did excellent work in all genres. His credits include "Klondike Annie" (1936), "Gulliver's Travels" (1939), "Golden Boy" (1939), "North West Mounted Police" (1940), "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943), "Ministry of Fear" (1944), "State of the Union" (1948), "The Paleface" (1948), "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "Rio Grande" (1950), "The Quiet Man" (1952), "The Greatest Show On Earth" (1952), "Shane" (1953), "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954), and "Strategic Air Command" (1955). Born in Chicago, Young was raised in Poland and studied at the Warsaw Conservatory. Returning to America, he was a concert violinist and a talent scout for Edison Records before settling in Hollywood in 1936. Apart from his movie work he conducted many recordings of light music and wrote songs for such popular singers as Bing Crosby. Among his hit tunes are "Sweet Sue," "Can't We Talk It Over," "Street of Dreams," and "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You." Young holds a dubious record in Academy Award history: he received the most nominations, 22, without a single win. When he was finally awarded an Oscar, for "Around the World In 80 Days" (1956), Young was no longer around to accept it, having died of a stroke four months before the ceremony.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards
Rita Kinel Young