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Gus Kahn musical compositions and papers
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Description
Gus Kahn was a prolific lyricist who wrote for the stage and for films. The collection consists of disc recordings, music manuscripts, lyrics, letters of condolence, and some personal papers.
Background
Gus Kahn, (b. 6 November 1886, Koblenz, Germany, d. 8 October 1941, Beverly Hills, California, USA) was a prolific lyricist during the 1920s and 1930s for Tin Pan Alley, stage, and films. After being brought to the USA by his parents in 1891 when they settled in Chicago, he started writing songs while still at school. In 1908 he collaborated with his future wife, the composer Grace LeBoy, and had some success with "I Wish I Had A Girl." His first big hit came in 1915 with "Memories," written with composer Egbert van Alstyne. In the following year, Kahn collaborated with him again, and Tony Jackson, for "Pretty Baby," which became one of Kahn's biggest hits, and was featured in the biopics Jolson Sings Again (1949) and The Eddie Cantor Story (1953).
Extent
3.2 linear ft. (1 phonograph record storage box, 2 flat boxes, and 5 document boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.