Al Hoffman

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 126-150 of 183 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia [W]150632 10-in. 7/8/1930 I don't want mind walkin' in the rain (When I'm walkin' in the rain with you) The Harmonians ; Kate Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter  
Columbia [W]150637 10-in. 7/10/1930 I don't mind walkin' in the rain (When I'm walkin' in the rain with you) Lloyd Keating and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W150661 10-in. 7/24/1930 Good evenin' Art Gillham Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Columbia W150664 10-in. 7/22/1930 Good evenin' Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W150697 10-in. 8/9/1930 Roses are forget-me-nots (Reminding me of you) Will Osborne and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W150700 10-in. 8/12/1930 I don't mind walkin' in the rain Ipana Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W150790 10-in. 9/10/1930 In my heart—it's you Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble songwriter  
Columbia W150921 10-in. 10/31/1930 Drifting on to Avalon Joe Green's Marimba Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151250 10-in. 1/28/1931 Heartaches Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W151273 10-in. 2/4/1931 If you haven't got a girl Art Gillham Male vocal solo composer  
Columbia [W]151356 10-in. 2/26/1931 Ya got love! Milt Coleman Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano songwriter  
Columbia [W]151383 10-in. 3/2/1931 Ya got love! Lanin’s Famous Players ; Paul Small Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151592 10-in. 6/9/1931 Makin' faces at the man in the moon Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W151708 10-in. 8/6/1931 I apologize Robert Hood Bowers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152052 10-in. 12/29/1931 Oh! What a thrill (To hear it from you) Ben Selvin and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152073 10-in. 1/18/1932 Oh! What a thrill (To hear it from you) Jack Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W152105 10-in. 2/4/1932 Auf wiedersehen, my dear Mickie Alpert and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152277 10-in. 8/18/1932 One note trumpet player Joe Haymes Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble songwriter  
Columbia W152318 10-in. 11/9/1932 Fit as a fiddle Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Columbia W152368 10-in. 2/2/1933 Black-eyed Susan Brown Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Mark Fisher Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152369 10-in. 2/2/1933 Lovey Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Mark Fisher Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152378 10-in. 2/24/1933 Meet me in the gloaming Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152572 10-in. 12/1/1933 Surprise George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W152677 10-in. 1/12/1934 You're in my power (Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!) George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet songwriter  
Columbia W152761 10-in. 6/4/1934 Little man, you've had a busy day Emil Coleman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
(Results 126-150 of 183 records)

Citation

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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