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Edgar Leslie was born in Stamford, Connecticut on New Year’s Eve, 1885. He grew up in New York and attended school at Cooper Union.

In 1909, Leslie’s first song was published, entitled “Lonesome”. The song was an instant hit. Recorded by the Haydn Quartet in the same year as its publication, the song reached # 3 on the charta Later in 1909, Byron G. Harlan would also record it and reach # 6 with his rendition.

Leslie continued to write and produce hit songs for vaudeville acts, most notably for singers Nat Wills, Julian Rose, Belle Baker, Lew Dockstader, James Barton and Joe Welch. From the publication of “Lonesome” until the mid 1920’s, Leslie would write “Sadie Salome”, “He’d Have to Get Out-Get Out and Get Under”, “For Me and My Gal”, “Oh, What a Pal Was Mary”, “Blue and Broken Hearted”, “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face” and “Me and the Man in the Moon”.

In 1914, Leslie was a charter member of ASCAP and served as a director from 1931 through 1941 and again from 1947 through 1953. He formed his own publishing firm in the mid-1920’s and in 1927, he traveled to England were he began a collaboration with composer Horatio Nicholls (pseudonym for publisher Lawrence Wright). During this time, the pair would produce “Among My Souvenirs” (a Connie Francis hit in 1959), “Mistakes” (a Vera Lynn hit recording) and “Shepherd of the Hills” (a hit for the Jack Hylton Orchestra).

Returning to the United States, Leslie continued to produce hit songs through the 1930’s and 40’s. His catalog boasts standards…

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THAT ITALIAN RAG Edgar Leslie and Al Piantadosi
EMI Feist Catalog, Inc./Edgar Leslie

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