Composer Herbert Stothart was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 11, 1885.
He graduated from the Milwaukee Teachers College at the University of Wisconsin and also had private music study in Europe before embarking on a profession in teaching music in Milwaukee public schools. In the early 1900’s, Stothart was a music director for many Broadway musicals and wrote the music to several stage scores including Always You, Tickle Me, Jimmie, Daffy Dill, Wildflower, Mary Jane McKane, Rose-Marie, Song of the Flame, Golden Dawn and Good Boy.
Stothart moved to Hollywood in 1929 under contract with MGM studios where he conducted and wrote songs and scores for the film musicals The Cuban Love Song, The Good Earth, Romeo and Juliet, Mutiny on the Bounty, Mrs. Miniver, The Green Years and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Collaborating with Tin Pan Alley’s famed lyricists such as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Otto A. Harbach, Cliff Grey, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Vincent Youmans and George Gershwin, Stothart also achieved pop chart success with standards like “Cute Little Two by Four”, “Wildflower”, “Bambalina”, “The Mounties”, “Totem Tom-Tom”, “Why Shouldn’t We?”, “Fly Away”, “Song of the Flame”, “The Cossack Love Song”, “Dawn”, “I Wanna Be Loved by You”, “Cuban Love Song”, “The Rogue Song” and “The Donkey Serenade.” Stothart also wrote the instrumental works China, and Voices of Liberation.
Herbert Stothart died in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1949.