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Irving Caesar (I) (1895–1996)

Composer, songwriter ("Swanee", "Tea for Two", "Crazy Rhythm", "Just a Gigolo"), author and publisher, educated at Chautauqua Mountain Institute and City College of New York. He was a stenographer aboard the Henry Ford Peace Ship during World War I. He joined ASCAP in 1920 and was a director between 1920 and 1946, and again in 1949, and he was the... See full bio »

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 1984 David Lee Roth: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (Video short) (lyricist)
 1978 Just a Gigolo (composer: song "Just A Gigolo")
 1955 Hit the Deck (lyrics by)
 1948 No, No, Nanette (TV Movie) (lyrics by)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (lyrics: "Swanee"/lyrics: "Yankee Doodle Blues")
 1935 Curly Top (lyrics by)
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Stage: Wrote lyrics for "My Dear Public", produced on Broadway. Musical. See more »


Christina Ballestros  (his death)

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It may sound a little immodest, but you'd be amazed--perhaps you shouldn't be--that most of my songs that sold were written in less than 15 minutes. "Tea for Two" was written in less than four minutes, "I Wanna Be Happy" in about 12 minutes. "Swanee"--George Gershwin and I wrote that in about 15 minutes while there was a card game going in the parlor. "Just a Gigolo"--no, that took me overnight, ... See more »


Younger brother of writer Arthur Caesar. See more »

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