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 126-150 of 163 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||E36056||10-in.||2/11/1931||Gee! I’d love to be your sweetheart||Mark Fisher’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E36848||10-in.||6/4/1931||At your command||Sleepy Hall and his Collegians [Fred Rich Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E36938||10-in.||7/24/1931||What is it?||Connie Boswell||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E36984||10-in.||7/21/1931||Sweet and lovely||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37002||10-in.||8/4/1931||What is it?||Dick Robertson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E37005||10-in.||8/4/1931||Sweet and lovely||Ben Bernie Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37156||10-in.||9/14/1931||Sweet and lovely||Bing Crosby||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37202||10-in.||9/16/1931||What is it?||Jacques Renard Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E37249||10-in.||10/9/1931||Sweet and lovely||Artie Dunn ; Les Reis||Male vocal duet, with piano-accordion and celeste||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37253||10-in.||10/17/1931||I’m sorry, dear||Jacques Renard Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37360||10-in.||11/19/1931||I’m sorry, dear||Anthony Trini Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37440||10-in.||12/3/1931||I’m sorry, dear||Bing Crosby||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E30290-E30291||10-in.||approximately 7/7/1929||Song of the moonbeams||Colonial Club Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||E31960-E31961||10-in.||Jan. 1930||Cooking breakfast for the one I love||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C6186||10-in.||Nov. 1930||It’s a lonesome old town (Since you’re not around)||Ben Bernie Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C8156||10-in.||10/6/1931||Sweet and lovely||Lee Sims||Piano solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C7868-C7869||10-in.||6/18/1931||At your command||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE226||10-in.||July 1928||Gotta big date with a little girl||Anthony Galla-Rini||Accordion solo, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LAE805||10-in.||5/26/1930||When it’s harvest time (Sweet Angeline)||Beverly Hillbillies||Male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE874||10-in.||9/19/1930||The wedding of the birds||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LA1038||10-in.||5/5/1931||I’m gonna get you||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LA1040||10-in.||5/5/1931||Has de ser mia||Orquesta de Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LA1051||10-in.||6/24/1931||At your command||Bing Crosby||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||LA1030-LA1031||10-in.||4/22/1931||I’m gonna get you||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||TCL1516||10-in.||8/14/1931||What is it?||Dixie Lee||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
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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