Few are the songwriters to whom the overused term "legendary" applies. One of these, assuredly, is Irving Caesar. For a good part of his almost 99 years, Caesar has been writing great lyrics for many of America's most enduring popular songs and his list of collaborators represents a generous helping of the truly memorable names of show music--names like Rudolf Friml, George Gershwin, Vincent Youmans, Sigmund Romberg, Victor Herbert and Ray Henderson among them.
Interestingly, unlike many movie and show lyricists, who are hard put to give voice to their own tunes, Caesar, who characterizes himself as a singing lyric writer, has been regarded as particularly facile in performing as a song demonstrator, that is, one who performs a song being sold to a music publisher. In his more demonstrative days, was regarded as a singer/performer in the old vaudeville tradition and earlier on, he was praised for his singing talent by such illustrious greats as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, who actually helped Caesar become established in this chosen field by performing many of his songs.
Caesar was born in New York City on the fourth of July, 1895 the son of Morris and Sofia Selinger Caesar, in the Henry Street Settlement on New York's lower East Side of Manhattan. He attended schools in New York City and the College of the City of New York. In 1915, Caesar answered a newspaper ad and left college during his freshman year to take part in Henry Fords Peace Ship, or The Ford Peace Expedition, organized by Henry Ford, to "take the boys out of the trenches by Christmas" and halt the…
TEA FOR TWO
Irving Caesar and Vincent Youmans
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Irving Caesar, Gerald Marks and Sammy Lerner
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