Kahn, Gus

Zone d'identification

Type d'entité

Personne

Forme autorisée du nom

Kahn, Gus

Forme(s) parallèle(s) du nom

Forme(s) du nom normalisée(s) selon d'autres conventions

Autre(s) forme(s) du nom

  • Kahn, Gustav Gerson

Numéro d'immatriculation des collectivités

Zone de description

Dates d'existence

1886-11-06 - 1941-10-08

Historique

Born in Koblenz, Germany on November 6, 1886, Gustav Gerson Kahn emigrated to America with his family when he was four; the family settled in Chicago in 1892. Gus completed grammar school where he demonstrated an ability to create rhymes and won an essay writing contest. He worked at various jobs including a stint as a pottery wrapper in a china factory while continuing to write lyrics. In 1909, Kahn collaborated with Grace LeBoy, a song composer for music publisher Joseph H. Remick whom he met on New Year’s Eve, 1908. Their collaboration of his lyrics and her melody resulted in Kahn’s first hit “Gee, I Wish I Had a Girl,” and the marriage of Kahn and LeBoy after an 8-year professional relationship. The marriage produced two children, Donald and Irene.

In 1932, Kahn moved his family from Chicago to Hollywood where he worked as a lyricist for MGM and RKO. With Vincent Youmans, Kahn wrote the score for Flying Down to Rio, the cinematic debut of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Before his untimely death in 1941, Kahn worked on numerous films including The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta, and Girl of the Golden West. His last hit, “You Stepped Out of a Dream,” appeared in the 1941 movie Ziegfeld Girl.

Kahn worked with and befriended many of the top composers of the period including Walter Donaldson, Richard Whiting, and Harry Warren; his circle of friends also included actors and singers like Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson and bandleaders Guy Lombardo and Isham Jones. An avid golfer, Kahn was known to write lyrics while playing a course with Walter Donaldson. Al Jolson served as godfather to son Donald. Kahn served on the ASCAP Board of Directors from 1927 to 1930 and was admitted to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1970. His 32-year songwriting career produced approximately 800 published songs, many of which remain standards today.

Lieux

Statut juridique

Fonctions et activités

Textes de référence

Organisation interne/Généalogie

Contexte général

Zone des relations

Entité associée

Kahn, Donald (1918-07-17 - 2008-04-11)

Identifiant de l'entité associée

LC2008127545

Type de la relation

famille

Type de relation

Kahn, Donald est l'enfant de Kahn, Gus

Dates de la relation

Description de la relation

Entité associée

Le Boy, Grace (1890-09-22 - 1983-05-24)

Identifiant de l'entité associée

LC92064699

Type de la relation

famille

Type de relation

Le Boy, Grace est le/la conjoint(e) de Kahn, Gus

Dates de la relation

Description de la relation

Zone des points d'accès

Occupations

Zone du contrôle

Identifiant de la notice d'autorité

LC89002698

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées

Statut

Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

Langue(s)

Écriture(s)

Sources

Wikipedia article on Gus Kahn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus_Kahn
Riverwalk Jazz article on Gus Kahn (archived): http://archive.is/9fbpE

Notes relatives à la mise à jour de la notice

  • Presse-papier

  • Exporter

  • EAC