Saul Tepper (December 20, 1899 – January 1987) was an American illustrator and songwriter. Tepper studied under illustrator Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City.
Tepper began his career with Albert Dorne as a letterer for fashion catalogs but went on to do story illustrations for the most popular magazines of the day. Additionally, his illustrations appeared in advertising for major companies such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Mobil, and Texaco.
In the 1950s, Tepper created television commercials while an art director for J. Walter Thompson.
Later in life, he became a songwriter whose work was recorded by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, and Harry James.
He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1980.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 20, 1899 (New York City), Died January 1, 1987 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: saxophone, lyricist, songwriter, composer
Notes: The saxophone player In Harry's Tavern Band who is identified in Victor ledgers as "Sol Tepper" is probably, but not confirmed as the advertising illustrator and writer of popular songs, Saul Tepper.
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-058226||10-in.||12/5/1940||The guy at the end of the bar||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-060657||10-in.||2/18/1941||I close my eyes||Dorsey Anderson ; Tony Pastor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-060665||10-in.||2/19/1941||The hat my father wore (upon St. Patrick's Day)||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-060666||10-in.||2/19/1941||That's how you can tell they're Irish||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-060667||10-in.||2/19/1941||When I see the loving they waste on babies (I long for the cradle again)||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-060668||10-in.||2/19/1941||He took her for a sleigh ride (in the good old summertime)||Harry's Tavern Band ; Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, saxophone|
|Victor||BS-068419||10-in.||11/24/1941||Slumber song||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with humming||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tepper, Sol," accessed January 27, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355374.
Tepper, Sol. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/355374.
"Tepper, Sol." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 27 January 2022.
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