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date: 21 November 2019

Von Tilzer [Gumm], Albertlocked

  • Deane L. Root

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(b Indianapolis, IN, March 29, 1878; d Los Angeles, Oct 1, 1956). American songwriter and publisher, brother of Harry Von Tilzer. He adopted his brother’s pseudonym in 1899. He taught himself the piano, and became a pianist and arranger in Chicago for the publishing firm of Shapiro, Bernstein & Von Tilzer. In 1900 he went to New York, where he directed a vaudeville company before joining his brother’s newly established publishing house as an arranger; in 1903 he formed the York Music Co. with another brother, Jack Von Tilzer. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the early 20th century, including Teasing (1904), Take me out to the ball game (1908), Kentucky Sue (1912), and I’ll be with you in apple blossom time (1920). He contributed songs to a number of films and also wrote works for Broadway, including the popular musical comedies ...

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