'Over the Rainbow' songwriter Yip Harburg on U.S. postage stamp

April 19th, 2005

He was honored with an Academy Award for 1939's Best Song, "Over the Rainbow" from the motion picture "The Wizard of Oz." Now E. Y. "Yip" Harburg will be immortalized on a postage stamp, April 28 in New York City. The 6 p.m. special dedication ceremony, free and open to the public, will take place at the 92nd Street Y, Tisch Center for the Arts, 1395 Lexington Avenue. The stamps will be available on-site and at New York City Post Offices Thursday, April 28, and at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide Friday, April 29.

"Yip Harburg was a witty and brilliant lyricist who allowed us to sing along," said John F. Walsh, of the U.S. Postal Service's Board of Governors, who will dedicate the stamp. "We will never forget his contribution to 20th century popular music because his songs continue to live on in our hearts."

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