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 76-100 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-017457||10-in.||12/3/1937||I can dream, can't I?||Al Bowlly Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-017464||10-in.||12/6/1937||(I can dream) Can't I?||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-021433||10-in.||3/11/1938||Sissy||Frank Dailey ; Ann Seton ; Stop and Go Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-036911||10-in.||5/5/1939||Roller skating on a rainbow||Blue Barron ; Three Blue Notes||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-046044||10-in.||12/28/1939||Love song of Renaldo||The Ambassadors ; Californians ; Irving Kahal ; Abe Lyman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||vocalist, lyricist|
|Victor||BS-046822||10-in.||1/31/1940||Love song of Renaldo||Clyde Burke ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-047030||10-in.||2/8/1940||I'll be seeing you||Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-047048||10-in.||2/12/1940||I'll be seeing you||Dick Todd||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-047708||10-in.||2/26/1940||I'll be seeing you||Frank Sinatra ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-056170||10-in.||9/24/1940||Such stuff as dreams are made of||Jack Kilty ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-056307||10-in.||9/23/1940||Such stuff as dreams are made of||Shep Fields ; Larry Neill ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W140903||10-in.||9/4/1925||Valeska||Willie Howard||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W141705||10-in.||2/19/1926||If you can't hold the man you love||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W141805||10-in.||3/16/1926||I can't keep you out of my dreams||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo, with tuba and piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||142313||10-in.||6/17/1926||Sevilla||Broadway Bellhops ; Carlos Perez||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142542||10-in.||8/19/1926||If you can't hold the man you love||Virgina Childs||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar||lyricist|
|Columbia||W142574||10-in.||8/26/1926||I can't keep you out of my dreams||Honey Duke and his Uke||Male vocal solo, with ukulele||lyricist|
|Columbia||142880||10-in.||10/27/1926||Rags||Dolly Kay ; Phil Phillips||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W142904||10-in.||11/3/1926||Rags||Art Gillham||Male vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W143045||10-in.||11/3/1926||If you can't hold the man you love||Daisy Douglas||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||143228||10-in.||12/28/1926||If my baby cooks (As good as she looks)||Art Barnett ; Tommy Christian Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W143256||10-in.||1/7/1927||If you can't tell the world she's a good little girl, just say nothing at all||Al Lentz Orchestra ; Al Lentz||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144085||10-in.||5/4/1927||I haven't told her, she hasn't told me (But we know it just the same)||Dolly Kay ; Phil Phillips||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144303||10-in.||6/8/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Paul Ash Orchestra ; Paul Small||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144321||10-in.||6/13/1927||I haven't told her, she hasn't told me||Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||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.
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