12th November 1891
10th February 1938
Richard Armstrong Whiting was an American composer ofpopular songs including the standards "Hooray for Hollywood", "Ain't We Got Fun?" and "On the Good Ship Lollipop". (He also wrote lyrics occasionally, most notably for the standard "She's Funny That Way", for which he did not write the music.) He was born in Peoria, Illinois to a musical family. His father, Frank Whiting, was a real estate agent and gifted violinist and his mother Blossom was a piano teacher, together they instilled a love of music and worked towards nurturing his natural gift of piano playing. He attended the Harvard Military School in Los Angeles. Upon his graduation, Whiting started a vaudeville act with his college friend Marshall Neilan, together they briefly toured the U.S. writing songs, singing, and playing the piano.