Irving Kahal

Irving Kahal (March 5, 1903, Houtzdale, Pennsylvania – February 7, 1942, New York City) was a popular American Jewish song lyricist active in the 1920s and 1930s. He is best remembered for his collaborations with composer Sammy Fain which started in 1926 when Kahal was working in vaudeville sketches written by Gus Edwards. Their collaboration lasted 16 years, until Kahal's death in 1942.

Among many fine songs, the stand-out was "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" on which Pierre Norman lent a hand, which was sung by Maurice Chevalier in the film The Big Pond (1930) effectively becoming his signature tune, and featured by Frank Sinatra on his magisterial album Songs For Swingin' Lovers.

The Fain/Kahal catalogue also includes "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" (1928) with Francis Wheeler, "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine" (1929) with Willie Raskin, "By a Waterfall" (1930), "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" (1931) with Pierre Norman, "I Can Dream, Can't I?" (1938) and "I'll Be Seeing You", which was written in 1938, but became a hit in 1943 especially among the families of servicemen sent overseas.

In 1970, Irving Kahal was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 5th, 1903 (Houtzdale), Died February 7th, 1942

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter, composer, vocalist, translator

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 258 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E30403 10-in. July 1929 A high silk hat and a walking cane Kanawha Singers Male vocal quartet and whistling, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Brunswick E32585 10-in. Apr. 1930 You brought a new kind of love to me Belle Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E32588 10-in. Apr. 1930 You brought a new kind of love to me Ben Bernie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  
Brunswick E21748-E21749 10-in. 3/5/1927 If you can’t tell the world she’s a good little girl (Just say nothing at all) Enoch Light's Blue Jay Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E22595-E22597 10-in. 4/22/1927 If you can’t tell the world she’s a good little girl (Just say nothing at all) Prince Piotti Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick E24316-E24319 10-in. 8/25/1927 Roam on, my little Gypsy sweetheart Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E24319) lyricist  
Brunswick E24565-E24568 10-in. 9/27/1927 I left my sugar standing in the rain (And she melted away) Esther Walker Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick E24599-E24601 10-in. 9/29/1927 I ain’t that kind of a baby! Esther Walker Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E25048-E25051 10-in. 11/4/1927 It was only a sunshower Kenn Sisson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo; without vocal (take E25051) lyricist  
Brunswick E27082-E27084 10-in. 3/20/1928 The beggar A. & P. Gypsies ; Harry Horlick ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E27084) lyricist  
Brunswick E30348-E30349 10-in. July 1929 Sweetheart’s holiday Tom Clines and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Edison 11355 10-in. 12/7/1926 Rags Ernest Hare Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 11850 10-in. 8/23/1927 Roam on, my little gypsy sweetheart Theo Alban ; Duke Yellman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 11924 10-in. 9/30/1927 Nothin' does-does like it used to do-do-do Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band songwriter  
Edison 11960 10-in. 10/17/1927 It was only a sun shower The Rollickers [Edison] Male vocal quartet, with piano lyricist  
Edison 18085 10-in. 12/6/1927 For my baby Golden Gate Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 18150 10-in. 1/3/1928 Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day Dick Robertson ; The Strollers Male vocal solo, with violin and banjo-guitar lyricist  
Edison 18269 10-in. 3/1/1928 Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day Happy Jack ; Louis Lilienfeld Hotel Biltmore Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Edison 18554 10-in. 5/31/1928 Come on along with the blue bird Radio Franks Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19024 10-in. 1/22/1929 Wedding bells (Are breaking up that old gang of mine) Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 19126 10-in. 3/26/1929 If I give up the saxophone (Will you come back to me?) 7 Blue Babies ; Jack Dalton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Edison 19232 10-in. 6/3/1929 A high silk hat and a walking cane Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist  
Edison 19284 10-in. 7/9/1929 Don't hang your dreams on a rainbow Waldo Mayo Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble and mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Edison 19328 10-in. 7/29/1929 Sweetheart's holiday The New Yorkers Male vocal quintet, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison N-715 10-in. 1/22/1929 Wedding bells (are breaking up that old gang of mine) Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 226-250 of 258 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kahal, Irving," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116675.

Kahal, Irving. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116675.

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