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 26-50 of 163 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-67934||10-in.||2/12/1931||It's a lonesome old town (When you're not around)||Lois Deppe ; McKinney's Cotton Pickers||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68314||10-in.||10/13/1931||I'm sorry dear||Lofner-Harris St. Francis Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68330||10-in.||10/29/1931||Put your little arms around me||Cocoanut Grove Orchestra ; Loyce Whiteman||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||PBVE-68359||10-in.||5/11/1932||Goodnight, my love||Donald Novis||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-69973||10-in.||6/24/1931||At your command||Charlie Lawman||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70135||10-in.||7/29/1931||What is it?||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-70224||10-in.||9/9/1931||Sweet and lovely||Russ Columbo||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-70565||10-in.||2/5/1932||Hills of Idaho||Bill Elliott ; Bob Mitchell||Male vocal solo, with organ||lyricist|
|Victor||LBVE-70635||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||12/1/1931||Popular selections||Mildred Bailey ; Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Romancers||Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos and male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-72275||10-in.||4/13/1932||Goodnight, my love||Jack Denny ; June Pursell ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-72277||10-in.||4/13/1932||Buenas noches, amor mío||Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76455||10-in.||6/14/1933||Here you come with love||Bert Lown Orchestra ; Eddie Farley||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76624||10-in.||7/11/1933||Here you come with love||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80785||10-in.||9/14/1934||Wild honey||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-81027||10-in.||1/4/1934||I'll have the last waltz with Mother||Ray Sinatra ; Arthur Tracy||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81320||10-in.||1/26/1934||I'll have the last waltz with Mother||Peerless Trio [Norman Price Trio]||Male vocal trio, with guitar||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-85822||10-in.||4/12/1935||In the merry month of May||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-101262||10-in.||6/9/1936||No regrets||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-102376||10-in.||7/1/1936||No regrets||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-017085||10-in.||11/19/1937||On the sunny side of the Rockies||Jimmy Ray ; Southern Serenaders Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-017735||10-in.||12/17/1937||Sail along, silv'ry moon||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Seven Stylists||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-017737||10-in.||12/17/1937||Sail along, silv'ry moon||Jerry Blaine ; Phyllis Kenny ; Stream Line Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-021154||10-in.||3/11/1938||Lost and found||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-024072||10-in.||7/22/1938||What are you doin' tonight||Bon Bon ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-036926||10-in.||5/9/1939||It's all in a lovetime||Johnny Messner ; Music Box Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tobias, Harry," accessed June 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105097.
Tobias, Harry. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105097.
"Tobias, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 June 2023.
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