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Ray Gilbert (September 5, 1912 – March 3, 1976) was an American lyricist. He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. He married Janis Paige in 1962 and the duo had daughter Joanne Gilbert.


Gilbert is best remembered for the lyrics to the Oscar-winning song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" from the film Song of the South, which he wrote with Allie Wrubel in 1947.[1] He also wrote American English lyrics for the songs in The Three Caballeros featuring Donald Duck. He wrote the lyrics for Paul Nero's composition The Hot Canary,[2] and also wrote the English lyrics of the Andy Williams' 1965 hit, "...and Roses and Roses", and "Lost in Your Love" with Sidney Miller, to music by Bert Jay.

Gilbert also wrote the English lyrics for a number of songs composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, including "Dindi," ""Amor em Paz" ("Once I Loved"), and "Inútil Paisagem" ("Useless Landscape"/"If You Never Come to Me").[3]

He married actress Janis Paige in 1962.[4]


  1. ^ Eskew, Glenn T. (2013). Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World. University of Georgia Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-8203-3330-4.
  2. ^ The hot canary. D. Davis & Co. 1949.
  3. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Ray Gilbert". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  4. ^ King, Susan (February 12, 2012). "Janis Paige regains her voice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 1, 2019.