Composer-lyricist Bobby Worth, whose songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and many other artists in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, died of natural causes July 17 at a private care facility in Mission Hills, Calif. He was 89.
Among the best known of his several hundred songs are “Do I Worry?” “Tonight We Love,” “Don’t You Know?” “Lazy Countryside”. . .and “The Same Old Song and Dance.”
He also penned “A Fellow on a Furlough” (1943), sung by Bob Crosby in the film “Meet Miss Bobby Sox” (1944), “Beyond the Next Hill,” “Please Don’t Play Number Six Tonight” and “Is This the End of the Line?”
Cleveland native was a child prodigy who began playing piano by age 2. Before he was 10, Worth was performing classical music in concert. As a teenager, he joined Gus Edwards’ vaudeville act.
Worth later formed his own dance band and played piano and sang on his own radio shows in New York. He also wrote scores for Shipstad & Johnson’s Ice Follies and wrote songs for Disney plus several other studios.
He arrived in Hollywood in 1940 and wrote scores for feature films including title songs: “Lazy Countryside” came from “Fun and Fancy Free” (Disney, 1947), “Melody Time” (Disney, 1948) and, with Ray Gilbert, “Once Upon a Wintertime” and “Blue Bayou” (the latter for the film “Make Mine Music,” 1946).
In 1941 he teamed with Stanley Cowan (PR maven Warren Cowan’s brother) to write “Do I Worry,” which was introduced by the Inkspots in the Abbott & Costello feature “Pardon My Sarong” (U, 1942).
He is survived by a son, brother and sister.