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: songwriter, composer
|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||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-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||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|
|Columbia||W152323||10-in.||11/28/1932||Play fiddle play||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Altman, Arthur," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111403.
Altman, Arthur. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111403.
"Altman, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.
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