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 151-175 of 183 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W152767||10-in.||6/28/1934||The prize waltz||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra ; Howard Phillips||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W351044||10-in.||6/18/1931||Makin' faces at the man in the moon||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W351090||10-in.||8/25/1931||I apologize||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W351139||10-in.||1/12/1932||One little quarrel||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W351149||10-in.||1/12/1932||Auf wiedersehen, my dear||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||9117||10-in.||5/15/1925||Someday we'll meet again||Louis Forbstein ; Rex Newman ; Royal Syncopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-71834||10-in.||Sept. 1923||Marcellonie||Green Brothers' Marimba-Saxo Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W402539||10-in.||7/31/1929||In the hush of the night||The Four Deuvilliers||Vocal and instrumental ensemble||composer|
|OKeh||W404270||10-in.||7/23/1930||Good evenin'||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|OKeh||W404388||10-in.||8/29/1930||Just a little dance, mam'selle||The Mariners' Trio||Male vocal trio, with guitar and piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W404816||10-in.||1/26/1931||Heartaches||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||C2004||10-in.||6/13/1928||In a little two by four for two||Melba Caldwell||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C2057||10-in.||7/14/1928||In a little two by four for two||Melba Caldwell||Female vocal solo, with clarinet, guitar, and piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C2188||10-in.||8/9/1928||In a little two by four for two||Melba Caldwell||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C5722||10-in.||5/5/1930||What kinda people are you?||Freddie Rose||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Brunswick||C6123||10-in.||Aug. 1930||In my heart it’s you||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE474||10-in.||4/25/1929||That’s what I call sweet music||Earl Burtnett ; Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E30074||10-in.||6/18/1929||In the hush of the night||Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||E30186||10-in.||6/24/1929||In the hush of the night||Tom Waring||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||XE30952||12-in.||9/16/1929||Brunswick brevities program G [part unknown]||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Radio transcription disc : Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E37003||10-in.||8/4/1931||I apologize||Ben Bernie Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E37085||10-in.||8/19/1931||I apologize||Bing Crosby||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||7674||10-in.||12/10/1920||Good as gold||Max Fells' Della Robbia Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||N-1077||10-in.||8/19/1929||In the hush of the night||Melville Morris ; Piccadilly Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Gramophone||0EA2637||10-in.||12/4/1935||Everything stops for tea||Jack Hylton 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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