Harry Tobias (September 11, 1895 – December 15, 1994) was an American lyricist. Like his younger brother Charles, he is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Born in New York City but raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, he began writing songs in his teens. At the age of 19 he co-wrote his first successful songs, "That Girl of Mine" and "Take Me To My Alabam", with Will Dillon. After serving in the US Army, he returned to songwriting, co-writing the 1922 novelty hit "Oo-oo, Ernest (Are You Earnest With Me?)". He often worked with his brothers Charles and Henry, writing songs with Charles for the Broadway show Earl Carroll's Sketch Book in 1929, and writing Rudy Vallee's hit "Miss You" with both brothers the same year. In 1931, he had success with the song "At Your Command", an early success for Bing Crosby, and also co-wrote "Sweet and Lovely", a hit for Russ Columbo. He wrote or co-wrote the theme songs for many films in the 1930s and 1940s, including One Rainy Afternoon (1936), The Young in Heart (1938), Made for Each Other (1939), If It Wasn't For The Moon (1940) and It's a Date (1940). His many co-writers included Gene Autry.
He died in St Louis, Missouri at age 99 on December 15, 1994. His interment was in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Birth and Death Data: Born September 11, 1895 (New York City), Died December 15, 1994 (St. Louis)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 163 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-18375||12-in.||9/15/1916||Witmark medley one-step||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-18522||10-in.||10/3/1916||Take me to my Alabam'||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19166||10-in.||2/12/1917||That girl of mine||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||B-25314||10-in.||5/23/1921||Honey rose||Sterling Trio||Male vocal trio, with oboe, bassoon, and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25741||10-in.||11/1/1921||Mary O'Brien||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-27000||10-in.||10/3/1922||All for the love of Mike||Isabelle Patricola||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27634||10-in.||3/1/1923||Keep off my shoes||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||B-28443||10-in.||8/23/1923||Hot roasted peanuts||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-31201||10-in.||11/21/1924||If you don't tell me (How am I 'gonna' know)||Dick Long ; Nankin Café Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37444||10-in.||3/3/1927||Pretty little thing||Whitey Kaufman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus (takes 1-4); unaccompanied (takes 5 and 6)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38139||10-in.||3/4/1927||Nay! Nay! Neighbor||Aileen Stanley||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-42102||10-in.||3/19/1928||Lila||Puss Donahoo ; Bill Hawley||Male vocal duet, with violin, guitar, piano, and cornet||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-45801||10-in.||6/19/1928||Giggling Gertie||The Happiness Boys||Male vocal duet, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-47750||10-in.||10/16/1928||My Scandinavian gal (By yumpin' yiminy)||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders ; Phil Saxe||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48532||10-in.||1/2/1929||Do you? That's all I want to know||Edwin J. McEnelly Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49900||10-in.||1/31/1929||My Scandinavian gal||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-50542||10-in.||3/15/1929||Lonely one||Eddie Harkness Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53542||10-in.||6/5/1929||Miss you||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-53996||10-in.||8/19/1929||Fascinating you||Don Howard ; Phelps Twins||Male vocal trio, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-55624||10-in.||7/25/1929||Song of the moonbeams||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-58618||10-in.||1/23/1930||Cooking breakfast for the one I love||Bernie Cummins ; Belle Mann ; New Yorker Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBVE-61092||10-in.||5/1/1931||I'm gonna get you||Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Bing Crosby||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-61096||10-in.||7/6/1931||At your command||Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Donald Novis||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-61099||10-in.||7/19/1931||Sweet and lovely||Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Donald Novis||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-64363||10-in.||11/20/1930||The wedding of the birds||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with whistling||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tobias, Harry," accessed May 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105097.
Tobias, Harry. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105097.
"Tobias, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 May 2023.
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Wikidata: Harry Tobias - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q5672868
MusicBrainz: Harry Tobias - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/a28df0cc-0cad-4c1b-bcb3-b3138c59e59a
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