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 101-125 of 183 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-038220||10-in.||6/29/1939||I must have one more kiss, kiss, kiss (Before we say goodnight)||Jeanne D'Arcy ; Johnny Messner ; Music Box Band ; Three Jacks||Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos and male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038409||10-in.||7/17/1939||Stuttering in the starlight||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; The Three Barons||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-038452||10-in.||7/20/1939||Stuttering in the starlight||Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-041720||10-in.||10/6/1939||She shall have music||Five Pennies ; Red Nichols||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-042291||10-in.||12/11/1939||Apple blossoms and chapel bells||Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Bill Stoker||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-042366||10-in.||1/14/1940||I loved you before I met you (For I saw you in my dreams)||Carl Ravazza Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-045924||10-in.||1/12/1940||Apple blossoms and chapel bells||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-047070||10-in.||2/19/1940||Starlight and music||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-047744||10-in.||3/4/1940||You little heart-breaker you||Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-049584||10-in.||3/28/1940||The sailor with the navy blue eyes||Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey||Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-071777||10-in.||2/9/1942||A fireside chat||Joe Reichman Orchestra ; Ziggy Lane||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-073434||10-in.||3/13/1942||The story of a starry night||Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-074305||10-in.||4/7/1942||Lalapaluza Lu||Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||E0FB-5762||10-in.||10/11/1950||Esto es amor||Alfredo Antonini ; Rosita Serrano||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||E0FB-5763||10-in.||10/11/1950||Soñar es desear||Rosita Serrano||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||E0FB-5764||10-in.||10/11/1950||Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo||Rosita Serrano||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||E0FB-5765||10-in.||10/11/1950||Cenicienta||Alfredo Antonini ; Rosita Serrano||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-Test-1118||10-in.||7/1/1931||I'm thru with love||Frances Langford||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||141595||10-in.||2/2/1926||I love the night||Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W143403||10-in.||2/15/1927||When all the world is fast asleep||Doug Richardson||Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|Columbia||W147782||10-in.||1/14/1929||(That's what I call) Sweet music||Paul Specht Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||W148720||10-in.||6/20/1929||In the hush of the night||Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W148785||10-in.||7/3/1929||In the hush of the night||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W149170||10-in.||10/22/1929||I sing all my love songs to you||Oscar Grogan||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W149629||10-in.||12/30/1929||On a blue and moonless night||Will Osborne and his Orchestra||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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