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Gene Vincent de Paul
Background information
Birth nameGene Vincent de Paul
Born(1919-06-17)June 17, 1919
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 27, 1988(1988-02-27) (aged 68)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Pianist, composer, songwriter

Gene Vincent de Paul (June 17, 1919 – February 27, 1988) was an American pianist, composer and songwriter.


Born in New York City, he served in the United States Army during World War II. Married to Billye Louise Files (November 23, 1924 - January 30, 1977) of Jack County, Texas.

He joined the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1941 and went on to compose the music for many motion pictures. He was nominated (with Don Raye) for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1942 for the song "Pig Foot Pete" from the movie Hellzapoppin. The song actually was not included in that movie, but in the 1941 feature, Keep 'Em Flying, and was thus ineligible for the nomination and award.[1] The award was given to "White Christmas".

De Paul collaborated with Johnny Mercer, Don Raye, Carolyn Leigh, Charles Rinker and others at Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and other Hollywood companies.

De Paul composed the 1953 hit song "Teach Me Tonight".

De Paul was one of the composers of the songs and dances, along with lyricist Johnny Mercer, for the 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.[2]

Gene de Paul died in 1988 and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

Musical film credits

Broadway credits



  1. ^ "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy Awards Database: Gene De Paul". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2006.
  2. ^ "Gene de Paul". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
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