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#170 – Walter Kent and Buck Ram

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Walter Kent

Following his completion of his education, Kent was an architect, continuing to write music on the side, conducting his own orchestra performing on radio and in theatres. In 1932, Kent co-wrote his first major song, “Pu-Leeze, Mister Hemingway”. Following his break, Kent moved to Los Angeles, remaining a freelance architect, venturing into his musical career.

Throughout 1930-1940, Kent worked in the motion picture industry, composing the melody of “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” in 1941. The piece expressed sympathy for England’s struggle against the looming Nazi threat at the time.

Buck Ram

Unlike other talent managers of the era who were known for stealing and publishing songs others had written, Ram did not need to do so. He was a songwriter first, and a manager/producer second. The platters and other groups he managed, like the flares, were his vehicles to get his songs recorded. In many cases, he put singers’ names on the songs he had written.

His biggest hits consist of:

  • “The Great Pretender”
  • “(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch”
  • “Twilight Time”
  • “Enchanted”
  • “Only You (And You Alone)”

Image Sources:
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6216124/walter-kent
https://www.discogs.com/artist/415783-Buck-Ram

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