Mitchell Parish (July 10, 1900 â€“ March 31, 1993) was an American lyricist.
Parish was born Michael Hyman Pashelinsky to a Jewish family in Lithuania. His family emigrated to the United States, arriving on February 3, 1901 on the SS Dresden when he was less than a year old. They settled first in Louisiana where his paternal grandmother had relatives, but later moved to New York City.
By the late 1920s Parish was a well regarded Tin Pan Alley lyricist in New York City. "Moonlight Serenade" is an American popular song with original music by Glenn Miller and subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish. When Miller recorded "Sunrise Serenade" in 1939, he placed this song on the back. The song, recorded on April 4, 1939 on RCA Bluebird, was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. pop charts in 1939. It was the no.5 top pop hit of 1939 on Billboard. Glenn Miller had 5 records in the top 20 songs of 1939 on Billboard's list. In the UK, "Moonlight Serenade" was released as the A side of a 78 on His Master's Voice with "American Patrol" as the B side. It was an immediate phenomenon when first released in May 1939 as an instrumental arrangement and was adopted as Miller's.