Yip Harburg: Forgotten Lyricist of ‘Over the Rainbow’

Edgar “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyric for “Over the Rainbow”, one of the most beloved movie film songs of all time. Yet so few people remember his name. The History Guy remembers the life and legacy of Harburg, the man who also wrote the lyric for the song considered the anthem of the Great Depression. He wasn’t afraid to express his political beliefs, and he was blacklisted for it.

Special thanks to the estate of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg for providing material from their collection for this episode.

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