Richard Armstrong Whiting Piano Dedication

On November 12th, the 120th anniversary of the birth of famed composer Richard Armstrong Whiting, his family gathered at The Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative in Carmel, Indiana for the dedication and unveiling of his piano in its new home.

Richard composed many of his greatest hits on his beloved Steinway, including Hooray for Hollywood, On the Good Ship Lollipop, and Too Marvelous for Words.

For forty-five years the piano served as the centerpiece of Richard's daughter Margaret Whiting's New York City home. After Margaret's passing, her daughter Debbi carried out her mother's wishes by donating the piano to an institution that would appreciate it's significance in American's musical history.

Not only has the Great American Songbook Initiative provided a wonderful new home for the piano, but prior to the unveiling the piano was painstakingly and meticulously restored.

Enjoy these photos from Richard's 120th birthday celebration and piano dedication.