Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gus Kahn, songwriter

Gustav Gerson Kahn (November 6, 1886 – October 8, 1941) was a musician, songwriter and lyricist. Kahn was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1886. The family immigrated to the United States and moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1890. After graduating from high school, he worked as a clerk in a mail order business before launching one of the most successful and prolific careers from Tin Pan Alley.

"Toot, Toot Tootsie!"
Words & Music by Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito, Robert King, & Ernie Erdman
Performed by Al Jolson

"Dream a Little Dream of Me"
Words & Music by Gus Kahn, Fabian Andre, & Wilbur Schwandt
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald

"It Had to Be You"
Words & Music by Gus Kahn & Isham Jones
Performed by Harry Connick, Jr.

"Makin' Whoopee"
Words & Music by Gus Kahn & Walter Donaldson
Performed by Eddie Cantor