No. 5

Harold Arlen

The kid's range is limited, but his grasp is exquisite when he gets to the ball, you can put it in the bank. Pop composer, not as well known perhaps as Gershwin or Porter or Berlin, but every bit their equal. Had a particular mastery of a blues-tinged idiom ("Stormy Weather," "Ill Wind," "Blues in the Night") that set him apart from his contemporaries.