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 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  
(Results 151-175 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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