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 26-50 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-53980||10-in.||8/9/1929||Sweetheart's holiday||Richard Barry ; Henry Busse Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBVE-54878||10-in.||7/18/1930||Lo que yo siento es pasión||José Bohr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56107||10-in.||8/23/1929||Don't hang your dreams on a rainbow||Bernie Cummins ; New York Biltmore Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-56131||10-in.||9/16/1929||That's where you come in||Chick Endor||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-57012||10-in.||10/17/1929||Carmen||Juan Pulido||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-59672||10-in.||4/4/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Maurice Chevalier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-59687||10-in.||4/10/1930||Vous êtes mon nouveau bonheur||Maurice Chevalier||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-59742||10-in.||4/9/1930||Mia cara||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-62203||10-in.||4/17/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||High Hatters ; Leonard W. Joy ; Frank Luther||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-63103||10-in.||7/1/1930||I've got "it" (but it don't do me no good)||Helen Kane||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||65278||10-in.||11/9/1931||Chevalier do Recreio||Mesquitinha||Male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-67499||10-in.||3/12/1931||When I take my sugar to tea||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Biltmore Trio||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-68421||10-in.||2/2/1933||If you don't want to be sweethearts||Meri Bell ; Gus Arnheim Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-69656||10-in.||5/26/1931||(There ought to be a) Moonlight saving time||Maurice Chevalier||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||ABRC-69915||10-in.||6/9/1931||(There ought to be a) Moonlight-saving time||Sam Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-69972||10-in.||6/23/1931||Hikin' down the highway||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70133||10-in.||7/29/1931||A little less of moonlight||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Paul Small ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-71286||10-in.||1/28/1932||Put that sun back in the sky||Roane's Pennsylvanians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal chorus||lyricist|
|Victor||BRC-72544||10-in.||5/5/1932||When you're gettin' along with your gal||Dell Lampe Orchestra ; Rob Roy||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||ESHQ-72885||8-in.||6/13/1932||Having a good time, wish you were here||The New Yorkers Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-73322||10-in.||8/25/1932||Three's a crowd||Gordon Graham ; Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-75562||10-in.||3/23/1933||Kiss in the moonlight||Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77503||10-in.||8/16/1933||Ah! The moon is here!||Ramona||Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77611||10-in.||9/6/1933||By a waterfall||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77617||10-in.||9/6/1933||By a waterfall||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
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