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 101-125 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W144390||10-in.||6/22/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Kitty O'Connor||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||144391||10-in.||6/23/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Harry Lambert ; The Westerners||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144421||10-in.||7/1/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Dolly Kay ; Phil Phillips||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||144471||10-in.||7/20/1927||Roam on my little gypsy sweetheart||Sid Garry||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||144472||10-in.||7/20/1927||Roam on, my little gypsy sweetheart||University Six||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144498||10-in.||7/25/1927||Roam on, my little gypsy sweetheart||Irving Kaufman ; The Knickerbockers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144544||10-in.||8/17/1927||Nothin' does-does like it used to do-do-do||Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||144555||10-in.||8/23/1927||It was only a sun shower||Sid Garry||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||144570||10-in.||8/25/1927||It was only a sun shower||Broadway Bellhops ; Harold Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144575||10-in.||8/26/1927||Nothin' does-does like it used to do-do-do||Irving Kaufman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144578||10-in.||8/26/1927||Roam on, my little gypsy sweetheart||Goodrich Silvertown Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144692||10-in.||9/20/1927||Nothin' does-does like it used to do-do-do||California Ramblers ; Ed Kirkeby||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W144693||10-in.||9/20/1927||It was only a sun shower||California Ramblers ; Ed Kirkeby||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144783||10-in.||9/22/1927||I left my sugar standing in the rain||Charles Kaley||Male vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||144878||10-in.||10/17/1927||The beggar||University Six||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||144884||10-in.||10/19/1927||I left my sugar standing in the rain (And she melted away)||Brown-Morris Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144888||10-in.||10/19/1927||Summertime sweethearts||Lewis James ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||144892||10-in.||10/21/1927||The beggar||Harold Rodman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||W144933||10-in.||10/30/1927||The beggar||Frank Harris ; Mal Hallett Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W145224||10-in.||11/21/1927||For my baby||Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Columbia||145239||10-in.||11/28/1927||For my baby||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145240||10-in.||11/28/1927||Summertime sweethearts||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145252||10-in.||11/29/1927||Sweet stranger||Manhattan Dance Makers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145390||10-in.||12/23/1927||Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||145418||10-in.||12/16/1927||What a wonderful wedding that will be||Lou Gold Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
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