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|
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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