Vaudeville hitmaker who worked for Irving Berlin

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Dave Dreyer


Gave us "Me and My Shadow"

Dave Dreyer was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 22, 1894. In his early career, he worked as a pianist, accompanying vaudeville greats Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Belle Baker and Frank Fay. In 1923, he was hired as a staff pianist at Irving Berlin Music Company where he stayed until the late 1940’s.

From 1929 to 1940, he worked for film studios, contributing songs to scores. Eventually, he became the head of the music department at RKO Radio. In 1947, Dreyer left Irving Berlin Music Company and started his own publishing firm.

Collaborating with legendary lyricists such as Billy Rose, Ballard Macdonald, Herman Ruby and others, Dreyer wrote such hit songs as “Me and My Shadow”, “There’s a Rainbow “Round My Shoulder”, “Back in Your Own Back Yard”, “Cecilia”, “Four Walls”, “Golden Gate”, “In Little Second Hand Store”, “Wabash Moon”, “I’m Following You”, “I Wanna Sing About You”, “I’m Keeping Company”, “You Can’t Be True, Dear”, “The Wall”, “Next Stop Paradise”, “Hold My Hand”, “What Am I Supposed to Do?” and “Honey Babe”.

Dave Dreyer died in 1967 in New York City.

Worked for Al Jolson and Sophie Tucker,

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