- Ronald Riddle
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(b New York, NY, July 18, 1884; d Encino, CA, April 8, 1955). American Songwriter, publisher, and composer. He initially studied medicine in college but changed fields and became a song plugger. He worked as a pianist in Callahan’s saloon and other nightclubs in the Chinatown district of New York. His first song, “My Mariuccia Take a Steamboat” (1906), became especially popular for its “toot toot” sounds. He published several commercially successful songs before 1920, including the ethnic songs “I’m a Yiddish cowboy” (1908), “I’m awfully glad I’m Irish” (words by E. Leslie, 1910), and “That Italian Rag” (Leslie, 1910), and two sentimental ballads that sold over a million copies each: “That’s how I need you” (J. McCarthy, J. Goodwin, 1912) and “The Curse of an Aching Heart” (H. Fink, 1913). He also wrote “I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier” (A. Bryan, ...