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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Charles G. Dawes

Charles Gates Dawes (1865 – 1951) was an American banker and politician who was the thirtieth Vice President of the United States between 1925 and 1929.

Dawes won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1925 for his work on the Dawes Plan for World War I reparations.

Dawes was a self-taught pianist and composer who composed a classical violin and orchestra piece in 1911, “Melody in A Major.” It was eventually used in Tommy Edwards’ 1958 #1 hit (for a then record six weeks) “It’s All in the Game.”

Dawes composed the piece in a single piano sitting. "It's just a tune that I got in my head, so I set it down," he told an interviewer. Dawes played it for a friend, the violinist Francis MacMillan, who liked it enough to show it to a publisher.


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