Bob Merrill (May 17, 1921 - February 18, 1998) was an American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist and screenwriter. He was the second most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the UK Singles Chart, with hits such as How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?, Mambo Italiano and Honeycomb. Longing to write more profound songs, he turned to musical theatre. By the late fifties, Merrill has written music and lyrics for Broadway's New Girl in Town, Take Me Along, Carnival, Henry, Sweet Henry and Funny Girl. Hit songs such as People and Don't Rain on my Parade were made famous by international artist Barbra Streisand.