Irving Caesar (born Isidor Keiser, July 4, 1895 – December 18, 1996) was an American lyricist and theater composer, who wrote lyrics for numerous song standards including "Swanee", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Crazy Rhythm", and "Tea for Two", one of the most frequently recorded tunes ever written. In 1972, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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Birth and Death Data: Born July 4, 1895 (New York City), Died December 17, 1996 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, translator, vocalist, arranger
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 301 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-23747||10-in.||2/24/1920||I'm always falling in love with the other fellow's girl||Elliott Shaw||Male vocal solo, with violin duet and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23775||10-in.||3/16/1920||The hen and the cow (Only a dream of the past)||Artie Mehlinger||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-24159||10-in.||6/9/1920||Swanee||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25730||10-in.||10/24/1921||Waiting for your return||Emilio de Gogorza||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25785||10-in.||12/1/1921||Delia||Arthur Fields||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-25923||10-in.||12/27/1921||Delia||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-26322||10-in.||4/27/1922||I love her, she loves me||Zez Confrey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-26885||10-in.||9/19/1922||The Yankee Doodle blues||Billy Murray ; Ed Smalle||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-27058||12-in.||10/31/1922||Moonlight sonata||Olive Kline||Female vocal solo, with male vocal quartet, piano, and orchestra||arranger|
|Victor||B-28245||10-in.||7/5/1923||Louisville||Nelson Maples ; S.S. Leviathan Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28814||10-in.||10/30/1923||What do you do Sunday, Mary?||American Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29614||10-in.||3/3/1924||Chansonette||Lambert Murphy||Male vocal solo, with cello, piano, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-29853||10-in.||4/1/1924||Waiting for the dawn and you||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with cello and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30922||10-in.||9/22/1924||Tea for two||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-30923||10-in.||9/22/1924||I want to be happy||Helen Clark ; Lewis James||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||CVE-32521||12-in.||4/17/1925||Gems from No no Nanette||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35351||10-in.||4/28/1926||To-night's my night with baby||Whispering Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with piano (self-accompaniment)||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-35525||10-in.||6/3/1926||To-night's my night with baby||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-36493||10-in.||12/8/1926||I'm a little bit fonder of you||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BVE-37144||10-in.||12/17/1926||Do you love as I love?||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-37697||10-in.||3/1/1927||Swanee River Trail||Peerless Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-38467||10-in.||4/14/1927||Sometimes I'm happy||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-38601||10-in.||4/12/1927||Sometimes I'm happy||Louise Groody ; Charles King||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-40557||10-in.||11/8/1927||Dear, on a night like this||National Cavaliers||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-41198||10-in.||12/22/1927||Dear, on a night like this||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Caesar, Irving," accessed March 20, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109068.
Caesar, Irving. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 20, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109068.
"Caesar, Irving." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 20 March 2023.
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LCNAR: Caesar, Irving, 1895-1996 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no90027480
Wikidata: Irving Caesar - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q1284219
MusicBrainz: Irving Caesar - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/f31022a9-f702-430d-9315-98b47fc19825
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