Tin Pan Alley Composers – Gus Kahn
Lyracist Gustav Gerson Kahn (“Gus” Kahn) was born in 1886 in Koblenz – then a part of the German Empire.
Kahn composed many popular and successful songs starting in 1914 – many titles which have faded from the forefront since then. Then in 1921 he got hot teaming up with song writer Raymond Egan with “Ain’t We Got Fun”. The song was recorded by Van & Schenck – released in August of 1921 and reached number 1.
Kahn worked with many tune composers and in 1922 worked with Walter Donaldson turning out “Carolina in the Morning”. Van & Schenck again recorded the song which was released in early 1923 again peaking at number 1.
Gus Van and Joe Schenck began working together around 1910 and enjoyed recording success up into 1929. Their only other number 1 was “For Me And My Gal” in the Spring of 1917.
From Philip Furia’s “The Poets of Tin Pan Alley” – “Perhaps the master at fitting verbal shards to the rickey-tick music that set the nervous pace of the 1920s was Gus Kahn, the only lyricist to be honored with a Hollywood ‘bio-pic’, ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams'”
Gus Kahn died in 1941 at the age of 53 from a heart attack. He left us with a treasure chest of wonderful lyrics in song.