|Birth name Gustav Gerson Kahn||Name Gus Kahn|
|Born November 6, 1886
Koblenz, German Empire (1886-11-06) |
Died October 8, 1941, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song, Academy Award for Best Original Music Score
Associated acts Richard A. Whiting, Walter Donaldson, Isham Jones
Similar People Walter Donaldson, Isham Jones, Wilbur Schwandt, Richard A Whiting, Vincent Youmans
Occupation(s) songwriter, lyricist
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Gustav Gerson Kahn (November 6, 1886 – October 8, 1941) was an American lyricist.
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Kahn was born in Koblenz, Germany, in 1886. The family emigrated to the United States and moved to Chicago 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. Kahn married Grace LeBoy in 1916 and they had two children, Donald and Irene.
In his early days, Kahn wrote special material for vaudeville. In 1913 he began a productive partnership with the well-established composer Egbert Van Alstyne, with whom he created several notable hits of the era, including "Memories" and, along with Tony Jackson, "Pretty Baby." Later, he began writing lyrics for composer and bandleader Isham Jones. This partnership led to one of Kahn's best-known works, "I'll See You in My Dreams," which became the title of a movie based on his life, starring Danny Thomas as Kahn and Doris Day as his wife, Grace LeBoy Kahn.
Throughout the 1920s, Kahn continued to contribute to Broadway scores such as Holka Polka (1925), Kitty's Kisses (1926), Artists and Models (1927), Whoopee! (1928), and Show Girl (1929). He went on to write several movies, mainly for MGM.
By 1933, Kahn had become a full-time motion picture songwriter, contributing to movies such as Flying Down to Rio, Thanks a Million, Kid Millions, A Day at the Races, Everybody Sing, One Night of Love, Three Smart Girls, Let's Sing Again, San Francisco, Naughty Marietta, and Ziegfeld Girl.
He also collaborated with co-lyricist Ira Gershwin and with some of the finest composers, including Grace LeBoy Kahn (his wife), Richard A. Whiting, Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Raymond Egan, Ted Fio Rito, Ernie Erdman, Neil Moret, Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin, Harry Akst, Harry M. Woods, Edward Eliscu, Victor Schertzinger, Arthur Johnston, Bronisław Kaper, Jerome Kern, Walter Jurmann, Sigmund Romberg, and Harry Warren, though his primary collaborator was Walter Donaldson.
He had a long friendship with Walter Donaldson. Their first collaboration was the song My Buddy in 1922. They went on to compose over one hundred songs together.
Death & Legacy
Kahn died in Beverly Hills, California, on October 8, 1941. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
His catalog contained some of the greatest collections of songs from the first half of the 20th century, and it is for this reason that he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, nearly 30 years after his death. He was survived by his son, songwriter and musician Donald Kahn, who died at the age of 89 on April 11, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California.
Gus Kahn's most famous songs include: "My Buddy" (1922) with music by Walter Donaldson, "It Had To Be You" (1924) with music by Isham Jones, and "Makin' Whoopee" (1928) with music by Walter Donaldson. Kahn was also the lyricist for the Ted Healy/Three Stooges short film Beer and Pretzels (1933), with music by Al Goodhart. Kahn has been incorrectly associated with the song " Side by Side" which has words and music by Harry Woods.
Kahn's papers are housed at the Great American Songbook Foundation. A collection guide for his papers can be found here.