Ira Schuster was born in New York City on October 13, 1889.
After graduating from high school he began working as a staff pianist at various publishing companies on Tin Pan Alley.
Collaborating with songwriters Joe Young, Jack Little, Larry Stock, Paul Cunningham and the Gershwin brothers, Schuster had a string of his in the early 1910’s-1930’s. His best known songs include “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes”, “I Am an American”, “I’m Alone Because I Love You”, “A Shanty in Old Shaty Town”, “Did you Ever Get that Feeling in the Moonlight?”, “Hats Off to Macarthur”, “You Know You Belong to Somebody Else”, “Dance of the Paper Dolls”, “Hold Me”, “Go Home and Tell Your Mother” and “Let’s Grow Old Together.
Schuster was also one of the first songwriters to form his own publishing company.
He died in New York on October 10, 1945.