born on 10/3/1900 in New York City, NY, United States
died on 24/4/1953 in New York City, NY, United States
Peter DeRose (or De Rose) (March 10, 1900 - April 23, 1953) was a US Hall of Fame composer of jazz and pop music during the Tin Pan Alley era.
DeRose was born in New York City and as a boy exhibited a gift for things musical. He learned to play the piano from an older sister but composing music was a gift that saw him have his first song published at the age of eighteen. After finishing high school (DeWitt Clinton High School), class of 1917, he found a job at a music store as a stock room clerk but a highly successful 1920 composition called "When You're Gone, I Won't Forget" led to his being hired by the New York office of the Italian music publisher G. Ricordi & Co.
In 1923 he met ukulele musician May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) performing on radio with a female ukulele group known as the "Syncopators." A personal relationship developed and she left the group to join DeRose in a musical radio show on NBC called the "Sweethearts of the Air" in which he played piano and she performed on the ukulele. The popular show ran for sixteen years during which time the two entertainers were married. The show not only provided them with a good living, but was also a vehicle for the introduction of a number of his compositions.
- "Somebody Loves You" (1932) - piano composition and with lyrics recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1966;
- "Wagon Wheels" (1934) - used in the Broadway musical, Ziegfeld Follies in 1934, and performed by singers such as Bing Crosby and Paul Robeson;
- "Deep Purple" (1934)  - popularized by Larry Clinton and His Orchestra featuring Bea Wain and later by Nino Tempo and April Stevens as a duet;
- "Rain" (1934) - performed by Ella Fitzgerald;
- "Have You Ever Been Lonely?" (1934) - originally a hit for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, it was recorded by Teresa Brewer in 1960, Patsy Cline in 1961, and Jim Reeves in 1962;
- "On a Little Street In Singapore" (1938) - performed by Harry James and Frank Sinatra;
- "A Marshmallow World" (1949) - Christmas song recorded by numerous artists including in 1963 by Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin Christmas 1966 album, Kim Stockwood (1999);
- "Buona Sera", an international hit record for Louis Prima in 1956.
Peter DeRose's final hit was "You Can Do It", written just before his death in New York City in 1953. Interred in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, his tombstone is etched with the words "Every friend he ever made, he kept".
In 1970, Peter DeRose was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- 1.0 1.1 Composers and Lyricists Database (1988). Peter de Rose. Biography. Retrieved on 2 October 2010.
- 2.0 2.1 Internet Movie Database (2010). Peter de Rose. Biography. Retrieved on 2 October 2010.
- Songwriters Hall of Fame