Rodgers and Hammerstein's pioneering musical Oklahoma! paved the way for the modern musical and represented the golden era of Hollywood musicals.
Even as the trio were riding the Hot 100 with 'The Happening,' they unveiled an album of classic show tunes.
A look at the life of the much-travelled, Philadelphia-born musician with the superior resumé.
Thanks to the timeless songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! ushered in a golden era of American musicals.