While Arthur Freed was famous as a movie producer, it must also be noted that he was a successful lyricist as well. Early in his career he sang with the Marx Brothers and even wrote material for them. He wrote lyrics for the songs in the 1920 Broadway production Silks and Satin. His best known work as a lyricist would come in the late Twenties and early Thirties, when he and composer Nacio Herb Brown wrote songs for MGM movies. Together Messrs. Freed and Brown wrote songs for such films as The Broadway Melody (1929) and The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929), among many others. Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown's substantial catalogue of songs would eventually provide the soundtrack for the classic musical Singin' in the Rain (1952).
In honour of Arthur Freed's 120th birthday, then, there is a selection of the songs he wrote with Nacio Herb Brown