Irving Kahal

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 201-225 of 258 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W404572 10-in. 12/6/1930 Little did I know Casa Loma Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
OKeh W404881 10-in. 3/18/1931 When I take my sugar to tea Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick C3112 10-in. 3/13/1929 Wedding bells (Are breaking up that old gang of mine) Frank Sylvano Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick C3962 10-in. 7/29/1929 Sweetheart’s holiday Elmo Tanner Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick C4689 10-in. 10/22/1929 That’s where you come in Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C4703 10-in. 11/5/1929 That’s where you come in Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick C4714 10-in. 11/11/1929 That’s where you come in Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick C5010 10-in. 12/9/1929 That’s where you come in Ray Miller Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick C1274-C1275 10-in. 10/10/1927 Nothin does does Kay Ronayne Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C1800-C1801 10-in. 3/26/1928 That’s how I know I love you Elmo Tanner Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick LAE46 10-in. Jan. 1928 Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day Herb Wiedoeft Orchestra ; Leon Lucas Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick TC2513 10-in. 11/3/1928 Baltimore Eva Mandel Female vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 126-a] 10-in. approximately Aug. 1927 I ain’t that kind of a baby Leslie Hutchinson ; Alice Morley Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 173-b] 10-in. approximately Apr. 1928 I love my old-fashioned man Alice Morley Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Brunswick 516 10-in. Mar. 1928 Baltimore Fred Elizalde Piano solo composer  
Brunswick E23993 10-in. 7/13/1927 I haven’t told her, she hasn’t told me Sandy Harold Male vocal solo, with banjo and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E27351 10-in. 4/16/1928 There’s something about a rose Joe Rines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E28012 10-in. 8/9/1928 I love my old-fashioned man Chick Ciccone Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E29237 10-in. Feb. 1929 Wedding bells (Are breaking up that old gang of mine) Bob Haring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E29455 10-in. Mar. 1929 Wedding bells (Are breaking up that old gang of mine) Dick Robertson Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E29478 10-in. Mar. 1929 The things that were made for love Skinnay Ennis ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E29970 10-in. May 1929 A high silk hat and a walking cane Frankie Marvin Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist  
Brunswick E30096 10-in. June 1929 Don’t hang your dreams on a rainbow Arnold Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) lyricist  
Brunswick E30368 10-in. July 1929 Sweetheart’s holiday Nick Lucas Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist  
Brunswick E30402 10-in. July 1929 Mountains ain’t no place for bad men Kanawha Singers Male vocal quartet and whistling, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
(Results 201-225 of 258 records)

Citation

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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