Harold Spina, founder of the publishing companies Spina and Argyle Music, and creator of the film studio Telefilm, died July 18 at his home of congestive heart failure. He was 91.
Spina, an author, composer, playwright and record producer, began his career in New York when, at the age of 26, he became a full-time songwriter. Eventually, Spina wrote songs for such luminaries as Bob Hope, Ethel Waters, Guy Lombardo, Paul Whiteman and Ozzie Nelson.
Spina later moved to California and wrote songs for motion picture musicals including the Shirley Temple starrer “Little Miss Broadway” and the features “52nd Street” and “Sally, Irene and Mary.”
He also wrote songs for three Mickey Rooney films, “Andy Hardy Comes Home,” “Everything’s Ducky,” and “Baby Face Nelson.”
Spina’s career included a stint in radio, where he created and produced a syndicated radio program that ran for more than a decade. He composed numerous songs for the BBC radio network as well.
In 1963, Spina played an instrumental role in the production of a Hollywood Bowl tribute for the American Guild of Authors and Composers. The tribute featured a dozen of the top motion picture score composers, including Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini and Tiompkin. It was hosted by Jack Benny.
Some popular songs written by Spina include, “Would I Love You (Love You, Love You),” “Be Mine,” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed.”
Spina is survived by two sons, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.