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Name: Jay Livingston                                                                 
Birth name: Jacob Harold Levison                                                     
Born: 28 March 1915 McDonald, Pennsylvania, United States                           
Died: 17 October 2001 Los Angeles,California, United States                         
Jay Livingston (March 28, 1915 - October 17, 2001) was a partner with Ray Evans     
in a composing and songwriter duo best known for songs composed for films.           
Livingston wrote the music and Evans the lyrics.                                     
Livingston was born Jacob Harold Levison in McDonald, Pennsylvania; he was           
Jewish. Livingston studied piano with Harry Archer in Pittsburgh,                   
Pennsylvania, and worked as a musician at local clubs while still in high school.   
He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he           
organized a dance band and met Evans, a fellow student in the band. Their           
professional collaboration began in 1937. Livingston and Evans won the Academy       
Award for Best Original Song three times, in 1948 for the song Buttons and           
Bows, written for the movie The Paleface; in 1950 for the song Mona Lisa,           
written for the movie Captain Carey; and in 1956 for the song "Whatever Will Be,     
Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," featured in the movie The Man Who Knew Too Much.         
Livingston and Evans also wrote popular TV themes for shows including Bonanza       
and Mr. Ed. Livingston and Evans also wrote the immensely popular Christmas song     
Silver Bells in 1951 for the film The Lemon Drop Kid.                               
Livingston died in Los Angeles, California, and was interred there in Westwood       
Village Memorial Park Cemetery. His brother, longtime Capitol Records executive     
Alan W. Livingston, is best known for creating "Bozo the Clown" and signing         
Frank Sinatra and The Beatles among other legends with Capitol.