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Throughout the 1940s and 1950s Merrill was responsible for penning a whole string of chart hits including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Love Makes the World Go 'Round, Sparrow in the Tree Top, My Truly, Truly Fair, and Mambo Italiano. The last of which in particular remains a favorite, particularly in movies, to this day.
Merrill later returned to Broadway to pen musicals. His first major musical success was A New Girl in Town - directed by George Abbott, which won a New York Drama Critic prize in 1964. He biggest hit was the Barbra Streisand vehicle Funny Girl, which spawned the enduring Don't Rain on My Parade and People.
Merrill became progressively more ill in the mid-1990s. He finally shot himself and died in February 1998.
Another Bob Merrill is a musician working in New York City. He has two CDs - Catch as Catch Can and Got A Bran' New Suit,
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