Eddie Pola

Edward Pola (June 23, 1907 – November 3, 1995) was an actor, radio/television producer, and songwriter.

Pola was born Sidney Edward Pollacsek in New York City, the son of Ida (Friedmann) and Alexander Pollacsek, both Hungarian Jews.

In the 1920s, Pola began to write songs. He scored one of England's first sound films, Harmony Heaven (1929). Toward the end of the decade, he moved to the United States to produce The Alan Young Show comedy on radio as well as dramatic radio programs, and continued as a producer, moving into television in the 1950s.

His most famous songs include:

  • "I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell" (co-written with George Wyle)
  • "I Love the Way You Say 'Good Night'" (co-written with George Wyle)
  • "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)" (co-written with George Wyle)
  • "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (co-written with George Wyle)
  • "Quicksilver" (co-written with George Wyle and Irving Taylor)
  • "Till The Lights Of London Shine Again" (co-written with Tommie Connor)

In the 1980s, Pola taught Creative Writing to elementary school students at Smiley Elementary School in Redlands, California.

Pola died in Jackson County, Oregon.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 23rd, 1907, Died November 3rd, 1995 (Jackson County)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist, composer

Notes: Also known as Eddy Pola and Edward Pola.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-76676 10-in. 7/20/1933 Marching along together Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Rhythm Boys Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-76849 10-in. 8/4/1933 Marching along together Ted Weems Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BVE-78570 10-in. 11/22/1933 I raised my hat Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-78588 10-in. 11/24/1933 I raised my hat Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-81011 10-in. 12/27/1933 I was in the mood George Hall Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-81033 10-in. 1/5/1934 I was in the mood Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92454 10-in. 7/24/1935 The girl with the dreamy eyes Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92586 10-in. 7/9/1935 The gentleman obviously doesn't believe (In love) Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92587 10-in. 7/9/1935 Goodbye, Broncho Bill Connecticut Yankees ; Kiesewetter Quartet ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-95032 10-in. 9/14/1935 The gentleman obviously doesn't believe (In love) Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-95504 10-in. 10/14/1935 I've got a note Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-07730 10-in. 4/7/1937 Kitchy-Mi-Koko Isle Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio lyricist  
Victor BS-07825 10-in. 4/18/1937 Kitchy-Mi-Koko Isle Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-057685 10-in. 11/28/1940 Till the lights of London shine again Roy Bargy ; Lanny Ross Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-071849 10-in. 2/13/1942 She'll always remember Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151264 10-in. 2/3/1931 We can live on love Smith Ballew Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W152461 10-in. 8/21/1933 Marching along together Ben Bernie and All the Lads ; Manny Prager Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet songwriter  
Columbia W152556 10-in. 11/14/1933 I raised my hat Bob Bunch ; Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Columbia W152672 10-in. 1/11/1934 I was in the mood Jerry Cooper ; Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Gramophone 0EA1869 10-in. 11/3/1935 The girl with the dreamy eyes Jack Hylton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal refrain songwriter  
Gramophone 0EA1870 10-in. 11/3/1935 Orchids to my lady Jack Hylton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pola, Eddie," accessed November 27, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112467.

Pola, Eddie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112467.

"Pola, Eddie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 27 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112467

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