Dick Manning (1912â€”April 11, 1991) was a Russian-born American songwriter, best known for his many collaborations with Al Hoffman.
Mr. Manning co-wrote many popular songs, among them "Takes Two to Tango," "Fascination" and "Papa Loves Mambo." His works were published in 27 languages and sung by such artists as Perry Como, Jimmy Durante, Kate Smith and others.
He was born in Gomel, U.S.S.R., and was named Samuel Medoff. His family moved to the United States when he was 6 years old, and he later studied music at the Juilliard School. In the early 1940's he had a radio program called "Sam Medoff and His Yiddish Swing Orchestra" on WHN (now WEVD) Radio. He changed his name in 1948. Mr. Manning was also the composer of "The Boys From Boise," the first full-length television musical, and "Nightbird," a symphonic work for piano and orchestra. He was also a vocal coach, an arranger and a radio jingle writer. "Fascination" is a popular waltz song with music by F.D. Marchetti and lyrics by Maurice de FÃ©raudy (English lyrics by Dick Manning). Published in 1932, it was popularized in the 1957 movie, Love in the Afternoon.
The recording by Jane Morgan.