This interview from 2005 was with Sam Arlen, the son of the late great Harold Arlen. Not everyone recognizes the name of Harold Arlen, but all know his music. His brilliant compositions include “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Over the Rainbow,” “One for my Baby (and One for the Road),” “Stormy Weather,” “Get Happy,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and in addition to the aforementioned “Over the Rainbow,” ALL of the music from the timeless movie “The Wizard of Oz.” HAROLD ARLEN IS AMERICAN MUSIC.
Sam Arlen is a saxophonist and the head of the S. A. Music company, which oversees the publishing of Harold Arlen’s extensive song catalogue. He offers a great insight into Harold Arlen’s incredible compositions.