Manning Sherwin (January 4, 1902 – July 26, 1974) was an American composer. Born in Philadelphia, Sherwin attended Columbia University before embarking upon a long career in musical theatre and films.
His most enduring composition is the music for "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, written for New Faces in 1940. Another wartime success, published in 1939, was "Who's Taking You Home Tonight?", with lyrics by Tommie Connor.
He settled in Britain in 1938, and contributed to George Posford's Magyar Melody. His musical Sitting Pretty, whose main hit was the duet "I'll Take a Little Time", was pulled early due to the outbreak of war, and he countered with Get A Load of This which achieved 698 West End performances (1941-3), Something in the Air (1943-4) (336 performances, plus 163 more in 1944-5), and Under the Counter (665 perfs in 1945-7). During the war he worked for British cinema, providing the music for hit wartime comedy features such as Miss London. His last successful musicals were The Kid From Stratford (1948-9: 235 performances) and Her Excellency (1949) (jointly composed with Posford, whose real name was Benjamin George Ashwell, perfs 252). A number of his songs also featured in British musical films of the period.
Sherwin died in Los Angeles. He was buried in Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 4th, 1898, Died July 26th, 1974
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-011068||10-in.||7/1/1937||Lovely one||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-011075||10-in.||7/2/1937||Lovely one||Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-017791||10-in.||12/29/1937||I fall in love with you every day||Abe Lyman Orchestra ; Frank Parrish||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-018360||10-in.||1/21/1938||I fall in love with you every day||Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-056481||10-in.||10/11/1940||A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-057020||10-in.||10/23/1940||A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-057315||10-in.||10/25/1940||A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square||Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W142553||10-in.||8/20/1926||Would-ja?||The Buffalodians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||74443||10-in.||12/10/1926||Would ja?||Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||80197||10-in.||10/29/1926||Would ja?||Clarence Williams’ Blue Seven||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||LAE854||10-in.||7/31/1930||It must be you||Zelma O'Neal||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E3408-E3411||10-in.||7/14/1926||Would ja?||Kensington Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E19873-E19875||10-in.||7/22/1926||Would ja?||Colonial Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||11174||10-in.||8/31/1926||Would-ja?||Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sherwin, Manning," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108800.
Sherwin, Manning. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/108800.
"Sherwin, Manning." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.
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