Harold Arlen

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The estate of Harold Arlen — the composer famous for such American-songbook classics as "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy" and "It's Only A Paper Moon" — has filed a lawsuit against some of the world's biggest technology companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft in what it is calling "massive piracy operations."

Heritage Moments: Harold Arlen, from Pine Street to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Jun 20, 2016
Portrait by Carl Van Vechten. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection.

For one brief era, Buffalo, or at least one part of it, was an integrated place where people of different races and ethnicities mixed freely and comfortably. The time was the turn of the 20th century, the place was the Near East Side, and the environment that flourished there produced some of the greatest music America has ever heard.