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|
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