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.
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).
3.2 linear ft.
(1 phonograph record storage box, 2 flat boxes, and 5 document boxes)
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