Ned Washington

Ned Washington (born Edward Michael Washington, August 15, 1901 – December 20, 1976) was an American lyricist born in Scranton, Pennsylvania.[1]

Ned Washington
Background information
Birth nameEdward Michael Washington
Born(1901-08-15)August 15, 1901
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedDecember 20, 1976(1976-12-20) (aged 75)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Life and career

Washington was nominated for eleven Academy Awards from 1940 to 1962. He won the Best Original Song award twice: in 1940 for "When You Wish upon a Star" in Pinocchio and in 1952 for "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" in High Noon.

Washington had his roots in vaudeville as a master of ceremonies. Having started his songwriting career with Earl Carroll's Vanities on Broadway in the late 1920s, he joined ASCAP in 1930. In 1934, he was signed by MGM and relocated to Hollywood, eventually writing full scores for feature films. During the 1940s, he worked for a number of studios, including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney, and Republic. During these tenures, he collaborated with many of the great composers of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael, Victor Young, Max Steiner, and Dimitri Tiomkin.

He served as a director of ASCAP from 1957 until 1976, the year he died.[2]

Washington is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His grave is located in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.


Some of Washington's songwriting credits include:


  1. Jasen, David A. (2003). Tin Pan Alley: An Encyclopedia of the Golden Age of American Song. New York: Routledge. p. 411. ISBN 978-0415938778.
  2. Jasen 2003, p. 412.
  3. Pitney, Gene, Gene Pitney : 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, Varese Sarabande, 1999, liner notes
  4. Television’s Greatest Hits, Volume II, TeeVee Tunes, Inc., New York, 1986 liner notes
  5. Mathis, Johnny, The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection, Columbia Music, 1993
  6. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, DVD, Paramount, 1956
  7. 3:10 to Yuma, DVD, Columbia Pictures, 1957
  8. The Music of Disney : A Legacy in Song, Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Music, 1992 p. 56
  9. Disney 1992, p. 56.
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