Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941

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From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York], to Irene Gallagher, May 15/1923, 1923 May 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270923814

Gus Kahn, (born 6 November 1886 in Koblenz, Germany; died 8 October 1941, Beverly Hills, Calif.) was a prolific lyricist during the 20s and 30s for Tin Pan Alley, stage and films. After being taken to the U.S. by his immigrant parents in 1891 when the family settled in Chicago, he started writing songs while still at school. However, it was not until 1908 when he collaborated with his future wife, the composer Grace LeBoy, that he had some success with I wish I had a girl. His first big hit came in 1915 with Memories, written with composer Egbert van Alstyne. In the following year, Kahn collaborated with him again, and Tony Jackson, for Pretty baby, which became one of Kahn's biggest hits, and was featured in the biopics Jolson sings again (1949) and The Eddie Cantor story (1953); two artists who benefited substantially from Kahn's output. Pretty baby was just one of a series of Kahn "baby" songs which evoke the jazz age of the 20s. These included, Yes sir, that's my baby, There ain't no maybe In my baby's eyes, My baby just cares for me, I wonder where my baby is tonight and Sing me a baby song, all written with composer Walter Donaldson, Khan's major collaborator. In 1933, Kahn went to Hollywood to work on music for various movies, from the Marx Brothers' A day at the races, to Spring Parade, starring Deanna Durbin. In 1933, his first Hollywood project, with composer Vincent Youmans, was Flying down to Rio, which featured the title song and The carioca. It was also the first film to bring together Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. (It was Youmans' last original film score before he died in 1946.) For the next eight years Kahn's output for films was prolific. They included songs for Bottoms up, Caravan, Hollywood party, Kid millions, One night of love, The girl rriend, Love me forever, Thanks a million, San Francisco, Rose Marie, Three smart girls, Everybody sing, Girl of the Golden West, Lillian Russell and Ziegfeld Girl. Kahn realised a life-long ambition to write with Jerome Kern with his last song, 1941's Day dreaming. Throughout his career Kahn had many different collaborators, including band leader Isham Jones, Richard Whiting, Whiting and Ray Egan, Whiting and Harry Akst, Ted Fio Rito, Ernie Erdman, Elmer Schoebel and Billy Meyers, Erdman and Dan Russo, Wilbur Schwandt and Fabian Andre, Charlie Rossoff, Carmen Lombardo and Johnny Green, Neil Moret, Wayne King, Matty Malneck and Fud Livingston, Malneck and Frank Signorelli and Victor Schertzinger. In the 1951 movie, I'll See You In My Dreams, based on his life, Kahn was portrayed by Danny Thomas, and Grace LeBoy by Doris Day.

From the description of Papers, ca.1920s-1941. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 320047863

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referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn ACHAC collection, 1880-ca. 1975 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963. Public Libraries of Saginaw sound recordings collection, 1924-197-?. Public Libraries of Saginaw
referencedIn ACHAC collection, 1880-ca. 1975 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958 (bulk 1890-1940). Library of Congress
referencedIn Jolson, Al, d. 1950. Belknap Collection, Popular Performers 1911- : Al Jolson. University of Florida
creatorOf Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941. Papers, ca.1920s-1941. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Leo Reisman collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1932-1948 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Smith, R. Grant, 1931-. R. Grant Smith sheet music collection, 1876-1981. Public Libraries of Saginaw
creatorOf Amsden, Arthur. Hoyt Public Library sheet music collection, ca. 1893-1942. Public Libraries of Saginaw
referencedIn African-American related sheet music and sheet music written by African-Americans, 1851-1974 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn War Welfare Council of Philadelphia records, 1918 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Jerome Kern sheet music, 1904-1946. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf War Welfare Council of Philadelphia. Records, 1918. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941. Autograph card signed : [New York], to Irene Gallagher, May 15/1923, 1923 May 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edison Sheet Music Collection, 1830-1958, (bulk 1890-1940) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf War Welfare Council of Philadelphia. War Welfare Council of Philadelphia records, 1918. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn George Gershwin sheet music, 1918-1946. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Association Connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine (ACHAC) corporateBody
associatedWith Gallagher, Irene, person
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 person
associatedWith Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Jolson, Al, d. 1950. person
associatedWith Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961 person
associatedWith Smith, R. Grant, 1931- person
associatedWith Thomas A. Edison, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas A. Edison, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith War Welfare Council of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith War Welfare Council of Philadelphia. corporateBody
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Birth 1886-11-06

Death 1941-10-08

Birth 1886

Death 1941

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