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Vaudeville impressario discovered Eddie Cantor, the Marx Brothers and George Jessel

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Known as “The Star Maker” for his discoveries of Groucho Marx, Walter Winchell, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel, songwriter and vaudeville legend Gus Edwards was born in Hohensalza, Prussia on August 18, 1879. When he was 7 years old, his family immigrated to New York and settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where they opened a family cigar store. As a child, Edwards worked in the family store and attended public schools until he found work as a singer in various lodge halls, ferry boat lounges, saloons and athletic clubs. Eventually, Edward was hired as a song plugger at Koster and Bial’s and later at the Bowery Theater while concurrently performing in several variety shows.

In 1896, vaudeville agent, James Hyde saw Edwards’ performance at the Johnny Palmer’s Gaiety Saloon. Soon after, Hyde formed a variety quintet with Edwards and four other boys. The new act was called the Newsboys Quintet and immediately they were booked on a nation-wide tour. While on tour in 1898, Edwards wrote his first song “All I Want is My Black Baby Back” (popularized by May Irwin).

While the act was entertaining solders at Camp Black during the Spanish-American War (1898), Edwards met a lyricist named Will Cobb. The two began collaborating on new songs and that collaboration lasted for two decades.

In 1905, Edwards formed his own publishing company in New York and began work on his own vaudeville revue entitled School Boys and Girls, which opened in 1907. The act was so successful that it ran for over twenty years. Edwards toured the country in search of…

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Discography Highlights

SCHOOL DAYS (WHEN WE WERE A COUPLE OF KIDS) Will D. Cobb, Gus Edwards
Shapiro Bernstein & Co., Inc./EMI Mills Music, Inc.

STAR MAKER, THE Gus Edwards
Witmark M & Sons

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