Gus Kahn

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Gustav Gerson Kahn (November 6, 1886 - October 8, 1941) was a famous German-American musician, songwriter and lyricist.

Born in Koblenz, Germany, Kahn and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1890. His music career began writing lyrics for vaudeville acts, then later for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. With his wife Grace LeBoy he wrote one of Al Jolson's first hits Everybody rag With Me in 1916. Some of his most famous songs include It Had To Be You (1924) and Makin' Whoopee! (1928), both written with Walter Donaldson. Danny Thomas starred in the 1951 film I'll See You In My Dreams, which was about Kahn.

Selected Songs

  • "Everybody Rag With Me" (1914)
  • "Ain't We Got Fun?" (1921)
  • "Carolina in the Morning" (1922)
  • "Toot Toot Tootsie" (1922)
  • "I'll See You in My Dreams" (1924)
  • "It Had to Be You" (1924)
  • "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (1925)
  • "Side by Side" (1927)
  • "Love Me or Leave Me" (1928)
  • "Makin' Whoopee" (1928)
  • "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (1930)
  • "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (1931) (music: Fabian Andre/Wilbur Schwandt)
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