Arthur Altman

Arthur Altman (1910, Brooklyn – January 18, 1994, Lake Worth, Florida) was an American songwriter whose credits include "All or Nothing at All", with lyrics by Jack Lawrence, and the lyrics for "All Alone Am I", "I Will Follow Him", and "Truly, Truly True".

Altman studied violin and began his professional career as a violinist with the CBS Radio Orchestra. His first nationally known song was "Play Fiddle Play", which he wrote in the early 1930s for the orchestra leader Emory Deutsch.

Among the 400 songs he wrote, "All or Nothing at All" appears on more than 180 albums recorded by more than 150 artists including Count Basie, John Coltrane, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughan.

He died of a heart ailment.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1910 (Brooklyn), Died January 18th, 1994 (Lake Worth Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-73840 10-in. 10/20/1932 Play, fiddle, play George Olsen and his Music ; Dave Marshall Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73988 10-in. 11/23/1932 Play, fiddle, play Jim Harkins and his Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92995 10-in. 8/20/1935 Loafin' time Herman Autrey ; Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet and talk songwriter  
Victor BS-07828 10-in. 4/18/1937 When two love each other (Just as you and I) Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-07847 10-in. 4/22/1937 When two love each other Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011093 10-in. 7/10/1937 In my meditations Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-037689 10-in. 6/26/1939 It must have been two other people Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Judy Ellington Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-038408 10-in. 7/17/1939 It must have been two other people Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye ; Charles Wilson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-047027 10-in. 2/8/1940 You oughta hang your heart in shame Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-047714 10-in. 2/27/1940 You oughta hang your heart in shame Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Helen Southern Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-055113 10-in. 10/21/1940 All or nothing at all Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Clyde Rogers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-056133 10-in. 9/17/1940 You're breaking my heart all over again Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-056164 10-in. 9/24/1940 You're breaking my heart all over again Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-058101 10-in. 11/27/1940 Moon over America Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-068893 10-in. 1/19/1942 I'll pray for you Eugenie Baird ; Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-071708 10-in. 1/21/1942 I'll pray for you Lanny Ross Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-071847 10-in. 2/13/1942 I'll pray for you Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-072517 10-in. 7/28/1942 Romance a la mode Gloria DeHaven ; Jan Savitt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-073407 10-in. 3/5/1942 You can't hold a memory in your arms Joan Merrill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-073425 10-in. 3/11/1942 Be brave, beloved Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-073511 10-in. 3/6/1942 You can't hold a memory in your arms Freddy Martin Orchestra ; Stuart Wade Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-074141 10-in. 3/16/1942 You can't hold a memory in your arms Art Jarrett Orchestra ; Brad Henry Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-074190 10-in. 4/1/1942 Be brave, beloved Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-075426 10-in. 7/13/1942 Romance a la mode Deep River Boys ; Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance sextet, with male vocal ensemble composer  
Columbia W152323 10-in. 11/28/1932 Play fiddle play Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Altman, Arthur," accessed October 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111403.

Altman, Arthur. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111403.

"Altman, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 October 2021.

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