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"On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe", The Harvey Girls, 1945

Sheet music cover for "On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe" from the film The Harvey Girls, 1946.

Harry Warren

Harry Warren, born Salvatore Guaragna on December 24, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York, wrote several of the best-known movie songs of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He often collaborated with Mack Gordon, Al Dubin, and, of course, Johnny Mercer. Warren won three Academy Awards. He died on September 22, 1981.

"On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe" was featured in the 1945 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Harvey Girls. Johnny Mercer said that it took him about an hour to write this song, which was inspired by a railroad boxcar that said "The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." Additional lyrics for this song were provided by Kay Thompson and Ralph Blane. The song won Johnny Mercer his first Academy Award.

Other songs by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren include:

  • "For Lovers Only"
  • "It's a Night in a Million"
  • "Night Over Shanghai"
  • "If You Can Take It"
  • "Our Hearts Will Never Grow Old"
  • "Waltz of the Flowers"
  • And more!