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 176-200 of 258 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W80202||10-in.||11/8/1926||If my baby cooks (As good as she looks)||The Happiness Boys ; Dave Kaplan||Male vocal duet, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W80220||10-in.||11/19/1926||Rags||Alma Rotter||Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81028||10-in.||6/17/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Irwin Abrams Hotel Manger Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81088||10-in.||5/17/1927||I haven't told her—she hasn't told me||Harry Raderman's Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81152||10-in.||7/8/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Irwin Abrams Hotel Manger Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal duet||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81177||10-in.||8/2/1927||Roam on, my little gypsy sweetheart||Justin Ring's OKeh Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81191||10-in.||8/5/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Beth Challis||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81208||10-in.||8/10/1927||Nothin' does-does like it used to do-do-do||The Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W81219||10-in.||8/12/1927||I left my sugar standing in the rain (And she melted away)||Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81260||10-in.||8/22/1927||It was only a sun shower||Markel's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81497||10-in.||9/30/1927||Summertime sweethearts||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81793||10-in.||11/7/1927||The beggar||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81827||10-in.||11/16/1927||For my baby||Sonia Meroff||Female vocal solo, with saxophone and piano||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81902||10-in.||12/7/1927||It was only a sun shower||Seger Ellis ; Justin Ring Salon Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81924||10-in.||12/7/1927||For my baby||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81932||10-in.||12/12/1927||Let a smile be your umbrella (On a rainy day)||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81934||10-in.||12/12/1927||The beggar||Noel Taylor||Male vocal solo, with violin, banjo, and guitar||lyricist|
|OKeh||W81958||10-in.||12/22/1927||What a wonderful wedding that will be||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W401731||10-in.||3/21/1929||Wedding bells (Are breaking up that old gang of mine)||Jazz Pilots ; Harry Reser||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W401803||10-in.||4/10/1929||(You can't take away) The things that were made for love||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403023||10-in.||10/3/1929||Sweetheart's holiday||Charles W. Hamp||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403863||10-in.||3/19/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Ed Kirkeby Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W403988||10-in.||4/29/1930||Mia cara||Paul Specht Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|OKeh||W404218||10-in.||6/10/1930||You brought a new kind of love to me||Smith Ballew||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W404470||10-in.||10/10/1930||Satan's holiday||Lanin’s Famous Players||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kahal, Irving," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116675.
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