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 151-175 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W148953||10-in.||8/29/1929||That's where you come in||The Sunshine Boys||Male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Columbia||W148992||10-in.||9/11/1929||Sweetheart's holiday||Blue Grass Boys ; Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||W149827||10-in.||3/23/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]150170||10-in.||4/4/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Hotel Pennsylvania Music [Lloyd Keating and his Music]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]150388||10-in.||5/5/1930||I've got it (But it don't do me no good)||Gay Ellis and her Sizzlin' Syncopators||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]150420||10-in.||5/14/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Sammy Fain||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]150422||10-in.||5/14/1930||Mia cara||Sammy Fain||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150563||10-in.||6/3/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W150855||10-in.||10/3/1930||Homemade sunshine||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151104||10-in.||12/8/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Slim Bryant ; Clayton McMichen||Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and guitar||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]151475||10-in.||3/27/1931||When I take my sugar to tea||Billy "Uke" Carpenter||Male vocal solo, with ukulele and piano||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151487||10-in.||4/6/1931||When I take my sugar to tea||Teddy Raph and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151527||10-in.||4/29/1931||(There ought to be a) Moonlight saving time||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151570||10-in.||5/26/1931||(There ought to be a) moonlight saving time||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Columbia||W151681||10-in.||7/14/1931||Hikin' down the highway||Ben Selvin and his Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W152066||10-in.||1/15/1932||We've got to put that sun back in the sky||Campus Boys ; Ted Wallace||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152248||10-in.||8/1/1932||Having a good time, wish you were here||The Four New Yorkers ; Frances Langford||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152297||10-in.||9/9/1932||Three's a crowd||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152394||10-in.||4/19/1933||Moonlight millionaires||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152488||10-in.||9/8/1933||By a waterfall||John Ingram ; Meyer Davis Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152622||10-in.||7/10/1934||When you were a smile on your mother's lips (and a twinkle in your daddy's eye)||Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W152712||10-in.||2/8/1934||Like two little flies on a lump of sugar||Little Jack Little Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W351015||10-in.||5/9/1931||(There ought to be a) Moonlight saving time||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W351059||10-in.||7/3/1931||Hikin' down the highway||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||74252||10-in.||8/11/1926||If you can't hold the man you love||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kahal, Irving," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116675.
Kahal, Irving. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116675.
"Kahal, Irving." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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