Arthur Freed was born Arthur Grossman on September 9, 1894 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was raised in Seattle, Washington and after graduation from high school he worked as a pianist and song plugger for a Chicago music publisher. During that time, he met Minnie Marx, the mother of the Marx Brothers, which led to his joining up with them and touring the vaudeville circuit as a singer and writer of musical material. He performed with Gus Edwards and with Louis Silvers, with whom he wrote New York revue material.

In 1921, he collaborated for the first time with composer Nacio Herb Brown on the song "When Buddha Smiles." Freed's first major success came in 1923, when he wrote "I Cried For You" with Gus Arnheim and Abe Lyman. After a few years of touring the nightclub circuit and staging some plays in Los Angeles, Freed joined MGM as a lyricist, and was assigned to work with his former collaborator, Brown. They were responsible for most of the tunes heard in the studio's early musicals, including the film Broadway Melody released in 1929 and featuring the tunes "You Were Meant For Me," "Broadway Melody," and "The Wedding of the Painted Doll". For the film Hollywood Revue of 1929, Freed and Brown contributed "Singin' in the Rain", and for the film The Pagan (1929) they wrote "Pagan Love Song".

Throughout the decade Freed continued to write songs and scores, mostly with Brown, for movies such as Montana Moon (1930), Dancing Lady (1933), Sadie McKee (1934), A Night at the Opera (1935), Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), and Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937).…

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Discography Highlights

SINGIN IN THE RAIN Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
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TEMPTATION Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
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