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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 51-75 of 163 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-045778||10-in.||12/19/1939||If it wasn't for the moon||Blue Barron ; Alan Holmes||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-061549||10-in.||8/25/1941||Miss you||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-067765||10-in.||9/9/1941||Miss you||Dinah Shore||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-067858||10-in.||9/15/1941||Miss you||Allan Foster ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-073435||10-in.||3/13/1942||I'll keep the lovelight burning||Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-073570||10-in.||3/13/1942||I'll keep the lovelight burning||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Stuart Wade||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||E0VB-4632||10-in.||5/18/1950||Ashes of roses||Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers||Female-male vocal duet, with narration and string band||songwriter|
|Victor||D6VB-3011||10-in.||10/14/1946||I used to be her one and only (now I'm only her used to be)||Sammy Kaye ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||D7VB-1852||10-in.||11/6/1947||No longer||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Martin Men||Male vocal group, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-Test-1390||10-in.||6/25/1935||Today is tomorrow||Sylvia Froos||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-Test-1391||10-in.||6/25/1935||Heat in my feet||Sylvia Froos||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||47042||10-in.||9/22/1916||Take me to my Alabam'||Henry I. Marshall||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||47127||10-in.||11/3/1916||Take me to my Alabam'||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||79978||10-in.||9/9/1921||Mary O'Brien||Edwin Dale||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80016||10-in.||10/5/1921||Plantation lullaby||Prince's Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80094||10-in.||12/8/1921||If you knew||Garber-Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||80195||10-in.||2/16/1922||If you knew||Frank Westphal Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80273||10-in.||4/4/1922||O-oo Ernest (are you earnest with me)||Furman and Nash||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||80455||10-in.||7/13/1922||Good mornin' (it's mighty good to be home)||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||80581||10-in.||10/3/1922||All for the love of Mike||Van and Schenck||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||80781||10-in.||1/10/1923||Keep off my shoes||Nora Bayes||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||81181||10-in.||8/31/1923||Hot roasted peanuts||Frost's Bostonians||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||81247||10-in.||9/29/1923||Hot roasted peanuts||Furman and Nash||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||140276||10-in.||1/23/1925||I made a hit with Kit-Kit-Kitty||Ford and Glenn||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||48894||12-in.||8/19/1916||Take me to my Alabam'||Prince's Band||Band||composer|
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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LCNAR: Tobias, Harry, 1895-1994 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85273905
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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