Born Hyman Arluck, February 15, 1905 Buffalo, NY, (died April 23, 1986 New York, NY of Parkinson's
disease); son of Samuel Arluck, a Jewish cantor and Celia (born Orlin); married Anya (died March 9,
1973); children: Samuel Arlen. Education: Studied piano with Arnold Cornelisson, Conductor of the
Buffalo String Orchestral Society.
For more than a century, a large number of immigrant Jews from Poland, Germany and Russia fled to
the United States to avoid persecution. Many a son of a Jewish cantor became a singing star, or one of
America's top lyricists and composers. Harold Arlen was such an example