Gilbert, L(ouis) Wolfe
- Maristella Feustle
(b Odessa, Ukraine, Aug 31, 1886; d Beverly Hills, CA, July 12, 1970). American Lyricist and publisher of Ukrainian birth. He arrived in the United States with his family in 1887 and was raised in Philadelphia. At the age of 14 he moved to New York, where he appeared in nightclubs, vaudeville, and burlesque acts; he also toured with the boxer John L. Sullivan. Lauded by peers as the “Dean of Tin Pan Alley,” Gilbert wrote more than 250 songs, including the theme for the movie Ramona (1928) and such standards as “Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee” (1912), “Lucky Lindy” (1927), “Green Eyes” (1931), “The Peanut Vendor” (1931), and George Jessel’s theme song, “My Mother’s Eyes” (1929). He collaborated with many artists including Al Jolson, Lewis F. Muir, Paul Whiteman, Abel Baer, George M. Cohan, Jay Gorney, Nacio Herb Brown, Irving Berlin, and Frank Sinatra....