Era Inducted To: Pioneer Era
An incredible child prodigy, Ernest Seitz, nicknamed “the boy wonder” by The Globe, wrote the basic tune of The World is Waiting for the Sunrise at the age of 12. Gene Lockhart, a 25-year-old actor who needed a co-writer for a Canadian travelling musical production, joined with Seitz in 1916 to write The World is Waiting for the Sunrise in slightly more than one day. One of Canada’s finest concert pianists for more than two decades, Seitz was the long-time principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In his lifetime, Lockhart played for the Toronto Argonauts, penned hit musicals, and was even nominated for an Academy Award in 1938 for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Algiers.
Cover Artists Include: Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Fallis, Jackie Gleason, Benny Goodman, Ben Heppner, Spike Jones, Laurel and Hardy, Willie Nelson, Oscar Peterson, Les Paul and Mary Ford