Al Hoffman (September 25, 1902 – July 21, 1960) was an American song composer. He was a hit songwriter active in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, usually co-writing with others and responsible for number-one hits through each decade, many of which are still sung and recorded today. He was posthumously made a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. The popularity of Hoffman's song, "Mairzy Doats", co-written with Jerry Livingston and Milton Drake, was such that newspapers and magazines wrote about the craze. Time magazine titled one article "Our Mairzy Dotage". The New York Times simply wrote the headline, "That Song".
Hoffman's songs were recorded by singers such as Frank Sinatra ("Close To You", "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die"), Billy Eckstine ("I Apologize") Perry Como ("Papa Loves Mambo", "Hot Diggity"), Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong ("Who Walks In When I Walk Out"), Nat "King" Cole, Tony Bennett, the Merry Macs, Sophie Tucker, Eartha Kitt, Patsy Cline, Patti Page ("Allegheny Moon") and Bette Midler. In October, 2007, Hoffman's "I'm Gonna Live Til I Die" was the lead single from Queen Latifah's album, Trav'lin' Light.
Though Hoffman had apparently little connection to Chicago, he wrote the Chicago Bears fight song "Bear Down, Chicago Bears" in 1941 under the pseudonym Jerry Downs.
Birth and Death Data: Born September 25th, 1902 (Stoŭbcy District), Died July 21st, 1960 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer, lyricist
Recordings (Results 76-100 of 183 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-98800||10-in.||1/6/1936||Everything's in rhythm with my heart||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-98801||10-in.||1/6/1936||Say the word and it's yours||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-98802||10-in.||1/6/1936||I can wiggle my ears||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99818||10-in.||2/24/1936||There's always a happy ending||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99820||10-in.||2/24/1936||There isn't any limit to my love||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-100557||10-in.||5/23/1936||Where there's you there's me||Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra ; Ted Lewis||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-101532||10-in.||4/24/1936||There's always a happy ending||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-101588||10-in.||5/11/1936||There isn't any limit to my love||Chicago Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-101589||10-in.||5/11/1936||She shall have music||Chicago Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-101591||10-in.||5/11/1936||Where there's you there's me||Chicago Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03084||10-in.||11/24/1936||I'm in a dancing mood||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03500||10-in.||12/1/1936||I'm in a dancing mood||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever ; Maurice Sigler||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-023684||10-in.||7/11/1938||On the bumpy road to love||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-023763||10-in.||7/1/1938||On the bumpy road to love||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-027262||10-in.||10/6/1938||After looking at you||Larry Clinton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-028106||10-in.||10/17/1938||After looking at you||Gray Gordon ; Cliff Grass ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-030159||10-in.||11/23/1938||You're gonna see a lot of me||Butch Stone ; Van Alexander Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-030331||10-in.||11/30/1938||You're gonna see a lot of me||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-030715||10-in.||12/17/1938||I ups to her and she ups to me||Eddie De Lange Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-031883||10-in.||2/2/1939||Romance runs in the family||Richard Himber Rhythmic Pyramids Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-033610||10-in.||2/6/1939||Romance runs in the family||Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-034608||10-in.||4/7/1939||Sticks and stones||Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-036576||10-in.||5/1/1939||I paid for the lie I told you||Three Reasons ; Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with female vocal trio and jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038051||10-in.||8/24/1939||I must have one more kiss kiss kiss (Before we say goodnight)||Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies||Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038210||10-in.||6/28/1939||You meet the nicest people in your dreams||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hoffman, Al," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109280.
Hoffman, Al. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109280.
"Hoffman, Al." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.
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