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Born in Minsk, Russian Empire [now Belarus]
Died in New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Prolific songwriter ("Heartaches", "Allegheny Moon"), composer, author and drummer. He came to the USA in 1908 and was educated at Franklyn High School in Seattle, Washington. He led his own band in Seattle, then came to New York in 1928 where he was a drummer in night club orchestras. Journeying to England in 1934, he wrote the London stage scores for "This'll Make You Whistle", "Going Greek", and "Hide and Seek". Joining ASCAP in 1930, his chief musical collaborators included Al Goodhart, Maurice Sigler, Ed Nelson, Sammy Lerner, Dick Manning, Jerry Livingston, Milton Drake, Mack David, Mann Curtis, Leo Corday, Leon Carr, Bob Merrill, and Walter Kent. His other popular-song compositions include "I Apologize", "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear", "Fit as a Fiddle", "Black-Eyed Susan Brown", "Jimmy Had a Nickel", "Who Walks in When I Walk Out?", "I Saw Stars", "Why Don't You Practise What You Preach?", "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day", "Roll Up the Carpet", "I'm in a Dancing Mood", "Without Rhythm", "There Isn't Any Limit to My Love", "Everything Stops For Tea", "From One Minute to Another", "I Can Wiggle My Ears", "Say the Word", "Everything's in Rhythm With My Heart", "Let's Put Some People to Work", "Gangway", "Lord and Lady Whoozis", "She Shall Have Music", "Romance Runs in the Family", "Apple Blossoms and Chapel Bells", "Goodnight, Wherever You Are", "The Story of a Starry Night", "Close to You", "O Dio Mio", "What's the Good Word, Mr. Bluebird?", "I Must Have One More Kiss, Kiss, Kiss", "I Ups to Her and She Ups to Me", "Mairzy Doats", "Fuzzy Wuzzy", "I'm a Big Girl Now", "I Had Too Much to dream Last Night", "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba", "There's No Tomorrow", "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die", "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes", "If I Knew You were Comin' I'd Have Baked a Cake", "Takes Two to Tango", "Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen by the Sea", "Papa Loves Mambo", "Don't Stay Away Too Long", "Hot Diggity", "Mama, Teach Me to Dance", "Ivy Rose", "Are You Really Mine?", "Oh, Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again", "Secretly", "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "You're Cheatin' Yourself", and "If You Smile at the Sun".

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Trivia (3)

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 275-277. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
Brother of character actor David Hoffman.

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