Composer and conductor Bronislaw Kaper was born in Warsaw Poland on February 5, 1902.
Kaper studied at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music and then worked as a film composer, arranger and conductor in Warsaw, Berlin, Vienna, London and Paris. In 1935, Kaper emigrated to the US settling in Hollywood, CA and into a career in films.
He was a mainstay at MGM composing background scores for some of the biggest films of the day including San Fracisco, Gaslight, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, The Stranger, Mrs. Parkington, Green Dolphin Street, Invitation, Lili (for which he wong the Academy Award for best score in 1953, The Glass Slipper, and Mutiny on the Bounty.
Kaper also wrote the full film score for A Day at the Races and the Broadway score for Polonaise.
Collaborating with Sammy Cahn, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn, Paul Francis Webster, and other top lyricists on Tin Pan Alley, Kaper had hits on the Billboard charts with songs like “Someone to Care for Me”, “You’re All I Need”, “A Message from the Man in the Moon”, “All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm”, “Follow Me”, “Tomorrow is Another Day”, “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, “Just for Tonight” and “Take My Love.”
In addition to his Academy Award, Kaper was nominated for two Oscar’s for Best Original Song, one Golden Globe Award and four Golden Laurel Awards for Best Score.
Bronislaw Kaper died on April 26, 1983 in Hollywood.