US Composer Richard Adler Dies Age 90

23 June 2012 | 7:26 pm | Staff Writer

Composer Richard Adler dies - he was best known for the much covered, sampled and remixed show tune Hernando's Hideaway.

US composer Richard Adler died aged 90 on Thursday 21 June. Adler is best known for co-writing '50s musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees.

Written with partner Jerry Ross, The Pajama Game was made into a hit 1957 movie starring Doris Day and garnered the popular songs Hernando's Hideaway, Hey There and Steam Heat.

In 1955, The Shirelles hit with Adler's Everybody Loves A Lover but in the '70s, after Ross died, he turned to classical composition.

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Over the years Adler's songs have been covered by Elvis Presley (Rags To Riches), Harry Connick Jr (Hey There), Pointer Sisters (Steam Heat) and Gotan Project (Whatever Lola Wants).

Most familiar with contemporary music fans is Hernando's Hideaway - the tango-based tune most recently sampled by Debelah Morgan's 2000 hit Dance With Me. A version by Blood Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas has also long been a favourite of breaks DJs.