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'Wizard of Oz' Lyricist Gets His Face on a Stamp

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'Wizard of Oz' Lyricist Gets His Face on a Stamp

'Wizard of Oz' Lyricist Gets His Face on a Stamp

'Wizard of Oz' Lyricist Gets His Face on a Stamp

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The U.S. Postal service has just issued a commemorative stamp honoring lyricist Yip Harburg. In addition to writing lyrics for the songs in The Wizard of Oz, Harburg wrote the lyrics for "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Old Devil Moon," "April in Paris," and "Last Night When We Were Young." His long-time collaborator was Harold Arlen. We hear from his son, Ernie Harburg, who co-wrote a book about his father, and music theatre scholar Deena Rosenberg, who worked closely with Yip Harburg in the decade before his death in 1981. Ernie Harburg and Deena Rosenberg have been married for 17 years. Original broadcast date: 6/17/1999

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