- Deane L. Root
(b Brooklyn, NY, Feb 15, 1893; d Santa Monica, CA, July 15, 1947). American songwriter, lyricist and publisher. He was a pianist and song plugger in Tin Pan Alley before World War I and then became a staff composer for Irving Berlin’s publishing company. His first successful song was My Mammy (J. Young and S. Lewis, 1918), which Al Jolson used in a blackface revue. My Buddy (1922) was his first popular collaboration with the lyricist Gus Kahn, who wrote the words to most of his hit songs, including Carolina in the Morning (1922), and Yes, sir, that’s my baby (1925). Donaldson also wrote My Blue Heaven (G. Whiting, 1927), Little White Lies (1930), and At Sundown (1927) and You’re Driving Me Crazy (1930) which became jazz standards. He left New York to work in the Hollywood film industry after the advent of sound, beginning with ...