Frederick Emil Ahlert (19 September 1892 – 20 October 1953) was an American composer and songwriter. He received a degree from Fordham Law School, but instead of pursuing a legal career he began work as an arranger, initially for Irving Aaronson and his Commanders and then for composer and band-leader Fred Waring. Ahlert had his first hit song in 1920, and eventually started his own publishing company in 1928.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra, and Fats Waller. Ahlert most frequently collaborated with lyricist Roy Turk, but he also wrote with others including Joe Young and Edgar Leslie.
Ahlert was born and died in New York City, where he lived all his life.
Among his compositions (with Roy Turk unless otherwise noted):
- I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
- I'll Follow You
- I'll Get By (as Long as I Have You)
- I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (with Joe Young)
- Love, You Funny Thing!
- Mean to Me
- Walkin' My Baby Back Home
- Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
Ahlert was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
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