Richard Charles Krieg
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Richard Charles Krieg

Dick Charles (born Richard Charles Krieg; February 24, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey - July 17, 1998)[1] was an American songwriter.


His education ended with high school graduation, after which he worked in a Newark photography store as a clerk while engaged in piano playing, arranging, harmony, and composition. During that period he sang in a number of amateur contests. He then became a page at NBC Studios in New York City.[2] Besides being a songwriter, he served as a director of ABC Radio for ten years, produced and directed the Paul Whiteman radio program, and was responsible for creating a number of network programs.[3] In 1954 he started his own recording service.

Selected works

Among the songs he has written are:

  • "As the World Turns" (1961) with Fay Tishman - used for one season as the theme song for the TV show As the World Turns
  • "Along the Navajo Trail" (1945) with Larry Markes and Edgar De Lange
  • "Casanova Cricket " (1947) with Hoagy Carmichael and Larry Markes
  • "Corns For My Country" (1944) with Leah Worth and Jean Barry
  • "I'm on the Level With You " (1945) with Eddie Waldman
  • "I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Walked Away" (1946) with Larry Markes
  • "It Takes a Long, Long Train (With a Red Caboose" (1946) with Larry Markes
  • "Mad About Him, Sad About Him, How Can I Be Glad About Him Blues" (1942) with Larry Markes
  • "The Man on the Carousel" (Unknown year) with James Cavanaugh, Jack Allison and Virgil Davis
  • "May You Always" (1957) with Larry Markes[4]
  • "A Nightingale Can Sing the Blues" (1946) with Larry Markes
  • "This Is My Song" (1950) - Theme song of the TV show The Patti Page Show
  • "Serenade to Spring," with Gloria Regney (1954)
  • "If Anything Should Happen to You," w&m co-written with Fred Ebb (1955); OCLC 498329339


  1. ^ "Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary of Composers, Authors and Publishers (2nd ed.), Daniel I. McNamara (ed.); American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Thomas Y. Crowell (1952); OCLC 377472(retrieved via
  3. ^ Dick Charles on the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ On p. 1 of the 1958 Standard Edition score (New York: Hecht & Buzzell) of "May You Always" Markes is credited as Larry Marks (without the "e").

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