Harold Adamson

Harold Campbell Adamson (December 10, 1906 – August 17, 1980) was an American lyricist during the 1930s and 1940s.

Harold Adamson
Born(1906-12-10)December 10, 1906
Greenville, New Jersey
DiedAugust 17, 1980(1980-08-17) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, California
Years active1930s-1940s

Early life

Adamson, the son of Harold Adamson and Marion "Minnie" Campbell Adamson, was born and raised in Greenville, New Jersey.[1]

Adamson suffered from polio as a child which limited the use of his right hand. Initially, Adamson was interested in acting but he began writing songs and poetry as a teenager.

He went on to studying acting at the University of Kansas and Harvard.[1]


Ultimately he entered into a songwriting contract with MGM in 1933. During his stint with MGM, he was nominated for five Academy Awards. Among his best-known compositions was the theme for the hit sitcom I Love Lucy.

He retired from songwriting in the early 1960s,[1] and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1941, he collaborated with Pierce Norman, and baseball's Joe DiMaggio to write "In the Beauty of Tahoe", published by Larry Spier, Inc..[2]

Songs or lyrics by Harold Adamson


  1. Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York and London: Routledge. p. 2. ISBN 0415938775.
  2. "Joe DiMaggio Auction, Lot Number: 911" Hunt Auctions June 14, 2017


  • American National Biography, vol. 1, pp. 135–136.
  • An Affair to Remember with songwriter Harold Campbell Adamson produced by Bruce Campbell Adamson see

URL http://ciajfk.com/harold.html for complete list of Harold Adamson songs

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