Caesar, Irving [Caesar, Isidore ]
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[Caesar, Isidore ]
(b New York, NY, July 4, 1895; d New York, NY, Dec 17, 1996). American lyricist, composer, producer, and writer. He attended what became the Third Street Music School Settlement for his early training. He worked for the Ford Motor Company for several years before he began his career on Broadway. His first hit was “Swanee,” one of many collaborations with George Gershwin. It became a hit for Al Jolson upon its premiere in Sigmund Romberg’s Sinbad (1918–19).
Although Caesar remained productive throughout his life, most of his successful works were written before World War II, especially those created for stage musicals and revues in the 1920s. Among his most important songs are “I Love Her, She Loves Me” (Make It Snappy, 1922, with Eddie Cantor); “The Yankee Doodle Blues” (Spice of 1922, with Buddy DeSylva and George Gershwin); and the enormously popular standards “Tea For Two” and “I Want To Be Happy” (...