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 51-75 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-77647||10-in.||9/11/1933||Sittin' on a backyard fence||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Rhythm Boys||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-77682||10-in.||9/15/1933||The road is open again||Hotel Montclair Orchestra ; Larry, Tom & Larry ; Bill Scotti||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78274||10-in.||10/25/1933||Lonely Lane||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-78526||10-in.||11/9/1933||Lonely Lane||Mike Doty Orchestra ; Ward Silloway||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||PBS-79307||10-in.||8/9/1934||Beauty must be loved||Raymond Paige Orchestra ; Marshall Sohl||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-80483||10-in.||5/1/1934||How do I know it's Sunday?||Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Bob Hannon ; Harry Sosnick||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81080||10-in.||1/18/1934||When to-morrow comes||Hotel Governor Clinton Orchestra ; Enoch Light||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81332||10-in.||1/29/1934||When tomorrow comes||Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band; with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2)||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-81879||10-in.||3/12/1934||Two little flies on a lump of sugar||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Barry Wells||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-82377||10-in.||5/4/1934||How do I know it's Sunday||Eliot Everett and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86412||10-in.||12/7/1934||Ev'ry day||Angelo Ferdinando ; Hotel Great Northern Orchestra ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86416||10-in.||12/7/1934||The good green acres of home||Connecticut Yankees ; Norsemen ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal octet||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86419||10-in.||12/7/1934||Ev'ry day||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-86420||10-in.||12/7/1934||There's a different "you" in your heart||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-89541||10-in.||4/10/1935||Now I'm a lady||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Skeeter Palmer||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-89576||10-in.||4/22/1935||Now I'm a lady||Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-92773||10-in.||7/26/1935||A sunbonnet blue (And a yellow straw hat)||Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-01912||10-in.||12/22/1936||The night is young and you're so beautiful||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-03504||10-in.||12/1/1936||The night is young and you're so beautiful||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-04532||10-in.||1/29/1937||You're here, you're there||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-07773||10-in.||4/12/1937||Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day||The Riversiders||Male vocal quartet, with steel guitar and piano||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-07827||10-in.||4/18/1937||You're here, you're there (You're everywhere)||Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-010648||10-in.||6/11/1937||Don't you know or don't you care||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-011116||10-in.||6/24/1937||(Pin a bluebonnet on your new bonnet) Bluebonnet||Jolly Coburn Orchestra ; Cabby Kolb||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-011118||10-in.||6/24/1937||Don't you know or don't you care?||Bill Hawley ; Jolly Coburn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
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.
"Kahal, Irving." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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