Hammerstein, Oscar, II


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Hammerstein, Oscar, II

(1895–1960) lyricist; born in New York City (grandson of Oscar Hammerstein). The writer of words for Show Boat in 1927 with composer Jerome Kern, he is considered one of America's foremost song writers. His greatest successes were with Richard Rodgers. Together they created Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), and The Sound of Music (1959). His singable lyrics include "Ol' Man River," "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," and "Climb Every Mountain."